Traffic jams of the sky

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That's it, I've got my e-ticket for Thailand! This new escape bubble is getting real. It will be the end of February! But while continuing to browse the web, I came across this: an animation showing the air traffic on the planet for 24 hours.


I'm not afraid of flying (although... it can happen, read the article I've linked below). I'm usually pretty amazed like a kid. I can't believe seeing something like that rip off the ground and be in it. When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut, that's for sure!

Now that I'm grown up, I'm fascinated by landscapes that become miniature, the lights of the cities that pierce the earth's darkness, the ocean of clouds on which the sun always shines, the deep blue of the sky full of stars, the chase with day and night ... Between two films, I watch with feverish flight map, time zones, altitude, speed and progress of the machine, updated live on the small screen.

My only anxiety came in the final phase of the landing, when the plane still rolls on the track and began to brake. I'm always afraid of the uncontrolled slip.

Nevertheless, this small animated map full of yellow, made by engineers of the University ZHAW in Switzerland, left me thinking. I know that the scale of the map and the simulation of 24 hours in 72 seconds distorts the thing. But then again, even the Falcon 900 of our Prime Minister narrowly avoided collision with a small tourist plane on Sunday evening... Bah! I won't be flying over American territory with all that yellow on the map and I'll take off in the evening when the skies over Europe are less crowded.

But I have a better picture of the scale of air traffic all at once. One day, I will free myself from time, a lot of time, long months, to fulfill an old dream: to go to Asia by land...

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  1. I'm green with envy! Me too I want to go back to Thailand !!!!!! I'll go, I'll go ... I do not know when!

    As for the plane: I could have written exactly the same thing as you. Except that in addition to landing, I admit that I'm a little afraid of takeoff, since it is often in the first minutes of flight that problems occur ...

  2. Me, the more I take the plane ... the more I'm afraid ... Of course, the more I take the plane, the more chances I have to crash ... And as I'm flying on Sunday ... I'm not going to to go away ... Hum, hum !!! Especially as Singapore is more than 10 hours of flight ...

    But as Marie-Julie says, it seems that it's especially during take-off that the problems occur, so, no matter the flight time ... although ... no ... because, 10am, sitting, stuck in my seat, fighting for avoid a stiff neck, to make round feet to avoid trombosis, short, Sunday, I will take the equipment of the perfect little traveler: Earplugs, earmuffs, airbag, and socks contention !!! Not afraid of ridicule !!! Unless by then, I win at Euromillions and travel in business ...

    A nice journey to all of you!!!!!!!!!

  3. @ Marie-Julie:

    But yes, you will!!! 😉

    I must say that it is a little thanks to you and your posts "nostalgic" on Thailand on Taxi-Bush that the click was done, a few weeks ago. The idea was trotting in my head, of course, but it made me decide. Having dragged my flip-flops and flippers in a lot of other places in the meantime (Malaysia, Sulawesi, Philippines, Bali), I feel an irresistible desire to return to Thailand, dear to my heart. Having managed to clear holidays and find a ticket at an affordable price, I did not hesitate any longer ...

    As for the takeoff, yes, I'm a bit worried too at that time, I know it's a delicate phase, but curiously, I'm less than landing. As if nothing could happen to me, as long as I leave ... A little absurd.

    @ Helen:

    Nothing to ridicule! I have the ear plugs and the eye mask too, but I miss the small airbag. As for stockings, I'll think about it. Trombosis does not affect only elderly or overweight people. I was told an atrocious story, arrived at the wife of a person I know: she did not survive a trombosis occurred during a long flight ... It's rare, but it happens.

  4. Thailand in February ... It's the right season to go on a small diving cruise at Similan and Richelieu Rock, that!

  5. Ah thin, you've already dive ... I just saw the video of the whale shark taken in Richelieu in 2006 ...

  6. Yes, I have already dive at Similan, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, etc. But my idea is maybe to go back, as you guessed so well ...

    In 2006, I had the chance to meet a whale shark and mantas! I'll do it again ...

  7. There is less risk to fly than to die from medication iatrogenic. 600 victims versus 15000 patients. Either a Boeing crashing a week. So you can fly without fear, but be careful when you swallow your stamp!

  8. @ Eric:

    Of course. Flying is much less risky than swallowing meds, crossing the street or taking a car. Much less risky, too, than staying at home, no doubt: I do not know the numbers of domestic accidents, but I am convinced that the comparison would still be in favor of the "risk" to fly.

    Statistics are one thing. Airplane fear is another. It does not decide. It's just human, it takes guts, it's unreasonable. It is the body that reminds us that it is not natural to be suspended between earth and sky in a flying machine ... After, everyone feels it in his own way. The numbers do not change anything.

    For my part, as I said, I fly without much fear. I agree to recover, the time of the flight, to a machine and to the men who fly it. I'm confident. Others than me are less so. And I understand it easily. Neither technique, however sophisticated, nor human beings, no matter how well trained, are infallible.


  9. I completely understand that we are afraid of flying. During a landing and an instant take-off in Egypt, I also felt this feeling. Now, I just wanted to draw attention to the drug iatrogenic, probably professional distortion. We are talking about aircraft accidents because there are a large number of casualties in an instant and much less accidents due to drugs because they are disasters "in the crumb" ie scattered over time. Ditto for the dead on the roads. It's the equivalent of a Boeing crashing a week. I take this example in the trainings I give to educate nurses, doctors, to the declaration of adverse effects of drugs.