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Google shows you every U.S. flight on the day before Thanksgiving


If you tried to fly anywhere in the U.S. the day before Thanksgiving, it might have seemed like everyone in human existence was queued up ahead of you at the airport.

Roughly 3.6 million people took to the air Wednesday, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday — traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year.

To underscore just how crowded the skies are, Google's data editor Simon Rogers made a digital visualization of every flight that originated from American soil on November 25 2015. The flights are color coded by airline.

This hypnotic illustration really puts into perspective just how many people resorted to air travel for the holiday weekend. Moreover, it's a timely reminder that you don't necessarily need to think domestically about your Thanksgiving travel plans next year.

Based upon the sheer number of colorful dots head out to Hawaii or the Caribbean, it seems there's an entire subset of the population who have this whole holiday sorted: they head to the sand and sun.

Forget family up north. Next year, I'm spending my Thanksgiving in sunnier climes.

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