Now That’s a Detour

Here’s a screenshot from Flightradar24. It’s typical of flights between Beirut and Amman. I can see why, given the situation in Syria, flights wouldn’t go that way. But I’d be curious to know if planes detour around Israeli airspace because they aren’t allowed there. Or is it because of some Arab political decision?

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I find the app fascinating, especially when you see a flight heading right over Helena that’s going from somewhere like SFO to Dubai. Or even the Fedex flights from Anchorage and everywhere else that all still flock to Memphis. I wonder, despite the package processing infrastructure there, why someone hasn’t come up with a more efficient set of routing algorithms to use the least effort to get packages from A to B. Amazon Air anyone?