I'm always glad to see FlightAware get some free publicity, as it is indeed a neat little site.
The night that WN
had its unfortunate accident at MDW
, many WN
aircraft were bypassing MDW
and going to the next stop downstream, or diverting elsewhere. Someone that I know mentioned this to Greta Van Susteren at Fox News, who was doing an excellent, rational, intelligent report on this breaking story, the kind of coverage that shows the difference between a talking head and a rational, really-intelligent person in the anchor chair when the stuff gets thick. Greta was emailing back and forth with various contributors during the periods that the camera wasn't on her, and formulating questions on the fly to ask her panelists, in part from the online information she was getting. This person let her know that flightaware.com would show many of the in-air diversions; she checked it out and announced it on-air as a reference for people who were wondering where their loved-ones' flights were heading if not to MDW
. Within moments of her saying that on-air, flightaware began running much, much more slowly, but it didn't fail. It was pretty cool to see the boost in usage and awareness that they got that night. Very tragic circumstances for it to happen, but in a way exactly the kind of circumstances in which diversion information can be very important to a passenger's family.