Want to check on the status of a flight that's currently in the air? The major search engines and other specialized services offer real-time flight tracking services that show you the status of major airline flights.

Yahoo, Google and Ask Jeeves offer information about where a flight is enroute and when it will be landing. To use these shortcuts, simply enter an airline and flight number into a search box.

Most of this data applies to flights in the U.S. and Canadian aviation systems. However, you'll also often see information about European or Asian flight heading to the U.S. or Canada. Exceptions do exist and not every service provides access to every airline.

Other services, aside from the airline sites themselves, provide near real-time tracking info with data direct from FAA computers and other sources.

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