Your plane might be up in the air, but its logistical management needs to be firmly grounded.
2.5 million domestic and international passengers fly out of the U.S alone on any given day — and keeping up with that volume of globetrotting poses a difficult logistical challenge for commercial airlines.
From baggage tracking to in-flight meal planning to coordinating air traffic, airlines must keep an enormous number of moving parts in sync. Routes and schedules are typically planned months in advance, but airlines must maintain enough flexibility to adjust for inclement weather, last-minute airplane maintenance, and other unforeseen obstacles. While to passengers, any little hiccup can be frustrating, to airlines, major changes of plan are par for the course.