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Visualize Thanksgiving air traffic

Thanksgiving air travel was, as expected, busy! Roughly 3.6 million people took to the skies the day before Thanksgiving.

To demonstrate just how crowded the skies were, Google’s data editor Simon Rogers made a digital visualization of every flight that took off from American soil on November 25, 2015.


What is surprising about this visualization is the amount of people that fly to Hawaii or the Caribbean for a Thanksgiving on the beach. So next year, don’t be guilt tripped into a Thanksgiving at home, explore a little and book a flight to Hawaii and say your thanks with a cocktail in hand and magnificent sunset in view.

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