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Eclipse Flights
The captain has turned on the 'fasten seat belt' sign.
Title text: The captain has turned on the 'fasten seat belt' sign.

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A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. It will be visible as a total eclipse in a narrow band across the northern United States starting in Oregon on the Pacific coast and traversing east from their. Cueball asks Megan what she is doing, which turns out to be mapping the flights of aircraft that will be in the air and will fly through the area of the eclipse. She has found between 50 to 100 such flights. Cueball says that the airlines and pilots will be prepared and aware of the situation, but Megan wonders what it would be like on a plane with an unprepared crew. The last panel shows a plane flying into the area of the eclipse with one of the crew telling the passengers that the end of the world has come. The title text refers to the captain's engaging the fasten seat belts signs for the passengers. Despite his belief that the end times are upon them, he also believes having a seat belt on will help.

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