Turbulence? Or is Snowden on the Move?

Common Dreams staff

Is Edward Snowden on the move today?

Probably not.

Earlier the Washington Post reported:

At 2:13 p.m. Moscow time on Thursday, or 6:13 a.m. EST, the four-times-a-week Aeroflot flight from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to Havana, Cuba, took off as usual.

But then something strange happened: The plane did not follow its normal route, which takes it northwest over Scandinavia, then across Iceland and Greenland before turning south over Canada and the continental United States. Although this might look like a curve on flat maps, it’s actually the shortest route, following the curve of the Earth, and also the safest as it keeps the plane near land in case of an emergency.

Instead of taking the usual route, Flight 150 headed west over Central Europe, crossing Belarus, Poland, Germany and then France. As of this writing, it’s over the vast expanse of the Atlantic ocean — an extremely unusual path for a trans-Atlantic flight. The route is longer and, because it’s so far from land, potentially less safe.

Now it appears that many westbound trans-Atlantic flights are today taking this unusual southern route due to unusually strong turbulence over the North Atlantic.

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Today's Aeroflot flight 150 Moscow-Havana route (via FlightAware):

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And Tuesday's typical Aeroflot flight 150 Moscow-Havana route (via FlightAware):

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