For Some Reason, Old Shipwrecks Are Appearing on Inflight Maps and Creeping out Passenger

Photographer: R. Welch, 1912

When you’re flying, especially on a long-haul, it’s kind of fun to check the inflight map to see where you are in this big world. But some passengers are reporting feeling a little disconcerted when they see old shipwrecks marked as they passed over them.


The maritime disasters can be seen noted with names of ships and dates they, and their passengers, sunk.

Some plane passengers were shown exactly where the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic in 1912. The Andrea Doria, which went down off the coast of Massachusetts in 1956, could also be seen.

A little eerie when you’re at 30,000 feet.

“Flight attendant? Yes, I’d like another ginger ale to go with my seeing the location of the attack on the RMS Lusitania. It led to the United States declaring war on Germany during WWI you know.”


American Airlines told one passenger that many people find the historical sites interesting.

Well, I suppose it is interesting…but not really in a good way.


Both flying and sailing (I mean like cruise ship sailing, not little boat sailing) are extremely safe modes of travel. But do we really want to be reminded of what could go wrong?


Perhaps in the air we should completely unplug and enjoy the new Danielle Steel book we picked up back at the terminal. It’s much more relaxing.