When people die, their bodies are sometimes flown elsewhere for burial. It's one of those pathways happening daily that we just don't think about, but, as this map created by PBS's America Revealed and 422 South shows, it looks something like this.
The map was created using U.S. air traffic data, the show's executive producer Tony Tackaberry told The Atlantic Wire. It is one of many maps created by America Revealed, which aired in the U.S. in the spring. In the map, you can see the traveling of bodies from the retirees in Florida back to various home towns. "Although we have a strong notion of what travels by air through our skies we seldom think about the transport of other items such as prisoners or cadavers," Tackaberry said. "This graphic is designed to reveal the hidden nature of these flights amongst the many passenger flights across the USA."
America Revealed is still streaming in full on PBS.org.
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