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Glass-bottom plane app launches

21 January 2013 09:14

A new app gives passengers a view of what's on the ground below

A new app gives passengers a view of what's on the ground below

It may not appeal to more nervous fliers but an airline is offering passengers an intriguing chance to watch what's on the ground below as their "glass-bottomed jet" flies above it thanks to a new app.

The function giving passengers a bird's eye view of what lies below is part of Delta Air Lines' new Fly Delta for iPad app. Passengers will not actually be viewing live footage. But the landmarks below will be highlighted to them through a combination of satellite images, photographs, social media updates, maps and the aircraft's current position.

Those using the app will be able to keep track of their flight's progress, take in the 'view' below and get the low-down on landmarks.

The idea of seeing the ground below may be a step too far for nervous fliers, but people can find extra peace of mind with travel insurance. The app - complete with its 'glass bottom' function - is available to travellers flying on Delta's 800 WiFi-enabled aircraft.