Pilots and planes and electronics such as satellites are not designed for this.
My Delta flight leaving Detroit, MI to Florida is going to be over Georgia at exactly the time of the eclipse… 2:35PM EST and I am pretty sure it crashes as the autopilot goes besirk and the pilot losses sight to the horizon before his eyes can adjust.
Ironically it’s my kids 5th Birthday on August 21 st and his grandparents refuse to believe me. Feeling sad.
Update: Just talked to Delta Ticketing Agent, she said, “Africa is grounding it’s planes during the solar eclipse; well this is America!” Went on to inform me that to change the ticket to the next day August 22nd, 2017 would be $150 / ticket. 4 tickets meant $600 for the change. I agreed but wanted to talk to a manager. Then she told me since skymiles where used for the purchase that only the skymiles card holder, my dad, could authorize a change to the tickets. So I am NOT traveling up to Detroit because I cannot get back without flying during the exact moment of the eclipse and I am 100% sure the satellites are not programed for an eclipse, thus the plane will crash.
I ended the call saying it will cost Delta $10,000,000USD if my 3 family members die in the plane crash but nothing if you change the tickets one day back. She was like ohh don’t think negatively. I am a realist.
Possible Short positions should be established in DAL, and the other airlines because gross negligence lawsuits resulting in deaths are very expensive.
DAL Stock went from $.50 (pre-Northwest merger) to over $50.00 (today)
$38 Billion dollar market capitalization currently
But they cannot even ground their own fleet of planes during a solar eclipse because they are all flying high on their own success and refuse to do what is smart and right. If there is a thunderstorm, extreme heat wave, snowstorm, etc they ground their planes but when a total solar ellipse occurs they refuse to accept the limits of their own equipment. It makes me wonder how many planes are going to crash during this and it is truly a scary proposition.
FBI, Secret Service, US Marshalls, DHS etc all whom are tasked with protecting air travel are silent. President Trump silent. These people who are paid huge money do nothing. Sad state of Affairs.