I’ve always understood that airplanes follow relatively defined routes as they traverse the world. It is much easier to make sure that planes don’t collide with each other when they fly on defined “highways” in the sky. But today is the first time I remember ever seen a traffic jam on that highway.
Somewhere around Washington, DC is where I started noticing the other planes around us. The first one was a US Airways A320 headed the opposite direction so quickly that I barely could process what was happening before I could even think about grabbing my camera. And by then it was long gone. There were a few others, too, including a Southwest 737 that I assume was headed to Baltimore and what I believe is an Air Jamaica plane headed to either Dulles or (less likely) New York City.
There was also the 737 that was just off our left side and a bit low for about 20 minutes. Eventually it slowed down (or we sped up) and then it was gone. It was fun to watch, however.
It is often easy to think that you’re all alone up in the air (albeit with 100-300 others) stuck in a long metal tube hurtling through the air at 500+ miles/hour. Today’s flight was a pleasant reminder that there are thousands of others doing the same thing at the same time, and that you might see them if you stare out the windows a bit.
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I once spent an hour on a LH jet over London, circling due to fog at Heathrow. Not a lot of fun considering that I was connecting to a UA flight to the US and it was New Years Eve.
There were quite a flew other aircraft in our loop, going around and around. I was reminded of “Look kids, Big Ben” (yes, that part of London was not covered by fog/clouds)…
got that circle game over lhr a few times, specially coming from amsterdam… not so funny!
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