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Flightaware.com

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Track a Flight: Flightaware.com

Click Factor: The most user-friendly site of its kind, FlightAware has a simple, color-coded layout that lets you plug in your flight number or itinerary and instantly get a live, interactive map showing the exact location of the plane. Additional information includes how much time has elapsed since the plane left the gate and actual departure and arrival times. You can search by airport, which has the added bonus of pulling up a live map that shows the location of all the flights coming in and out of that destination. You can also sign up for e-mail or text-message alerts for a specific flight.

Drawback: As with other tracking sites, FlightAware has less accurate data for European routes.

Runners-up: flightstats.com, flightview.com, flightexplorer.com.

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