If you close the window shade and relax with a beverage and blockbuster on a plane, you might not have any idea how close you actually come to other aircraft.
But whether you’re an intrepid traveller or struggle with takeoff and turbulence, the proximity between planes might leave you feeling a little uneasy.
One pilot, who goes by @flyhigh738 on TikTok, just gave us an entirely new perspective and it’s going viral online.
The TikTok opens with a view of a sunny cockpit and the TikTok voice generator.
“When you travel by plane and think the sky is so big that you’re alone up there,” the video says.
The camera pans around to reveal a blanket of clouds as far as the eye can see.
However the footage then cuts to a shot from another angle – and there’s another plane cruising past super close.
“But you’re actually always flying so so close to other planes,” the narration says.
The pilot then passes beneath the plane from what doesn’t seem like a huge distance.
The plane then zooms off over an unknown coastline and into the distance.
The narration continues as another plane comes into the mid-distance, leaving an impressive vapor trail in its wake.
“As we’re most of the times following standard airways, kind of motorways in the sky,” it says.
Cut to a shot of the control panel, then the camera pans up to show yet another nearby plane seemingly flying straight toward the videographer.
“We’re only 1,000ft (or 300 metres) from each other,” the narration says.
“Beautiful, isn’t it?”
Beautiful, perhaps, but that’s not the first reaction for a lot of people.
With over 126K flights taking off per day, recent stats show there’s only one fatal accident for every 4.2 million flights.
And there are even safer aircrafts currently in development.