Travel

See how many planes are flying in the air for Thanksgiving right now. Hint: A lot.

Flight tracker
Flight tracker

Warning: Looking at this live graphic may cause you to change your travel plans and take the car instead.

Go to flight tracker website Flight Aware and it shows you just what’s going on in the skies. It’s slightly unsettling seeing all those planes looking as if they are going to collide (but of course, they’re not).

Yes, you can see a live map of thousands of planes traveling in real time for Thanksgiving. You can also check your own flight by putting in your information. There’s also a Misery Map to to show you which airports are experiencing the most painful day. As of Wednesday early evening, San Francisco International Airport was leading the pack.



According to AAA, 54.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for Thanksgiving — between Wednesday and Sunday — a 4.8 percent increase over last year.

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend will see the highest travel volume since 2005, with 2.5 million more people taking to the country’s roads, skies, rails and waterways as opposed to 2017. And 4.27 million of those Americans are using the air to try to get their turkey meal on.

“Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Travel senior vice president. “This is translating into more travelers kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway, building on a positive year for the travel industry.”

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