Solar eclipse 2024: will it affect air travel?
03.04.2024 Mexico   7
Solar eclipse 2024: will it affect air travel?

This year, the upcoming total solar eclipse is scheduled for April 8th. If you follow what the FAA says, this could potentially cause inconvenience for some airline passengers and pilots due to potential flight delays.

In this regard, there was a warning has also been issued and a call not to panic. The eclipse, which is expected to pass through Mexico, Canada and the United States, is likely to impact air traffic and airports along its path from April 7 to 10, the FAA said in a notice outlining special air traffic procedures. This situation could lead to delays for air travelers, especially since the agency notes that the eclipse coincides with spring break.

The FAA predicts any air travel disruptions caused by the eclipse will occur from 6 a.m. April 7 until midnight April 10. The FAA said that while most travelers are heading to their favorite vacation spots, a significant number are traveling to various states to witness the "Great North American Eclipse" on Monday, April 8, as those flying along the path of the eclipse may face limited parking and potential delays at airports due to the number of planes and drones trying to witness a total solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely obscuring the face of the Sun, is an exciting event for many due to its rarity. The last total solar eclipse visible in the United States occurred in 2017, according to NASA. The FAA noted that many travelers plan to fly to states where the eclipse is expected to be most visible, from Texas to New England, with airports in those states likely to be hit the hardest.

Some are even planning their flights to coincide with the actual eclipse, said FAA aviation safety expert Kevin Morris. The FAA expects an increase in air travel to view the eclipse coinciding with spring break travel, making the upcoming week the "busiest of the season" for pilots, which includes preparing for more flights than usual as well as drones in the area. potential delays and limited parking at certain airports.

“And remember, never look directly at the sun,” Morris stressed. According to NASA, it is not safe to directly observe the Sun during an eclipse without special sun viewing eye protection. While delays and cancellations are expected to be infrequent, the FAA advises travelers to check the status of their flights and obtain important travel advisories on the FAA website before heading to the airport.

Source: timesofindia

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