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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-08-08 15:51
Subject: New shiny approaches
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Hmm, it seems to be here.

Package Progress 
Location 	Date 	Local Time 	Description 
EAST MIDLANDS AIRPOR,
GB 	08/08/2007 	15:10 	IN TRANSIT 
PHILADELPHIA,
PA,  US 	08/08/2007 	10:09 	DEPARTURE SCAN 
	08/08/2007 	1:36 	EXPORT SCAN 
I'm quite amused by the latest two times. 10:09 local time Philadelphia is 15:09 local time East Midlands. So the apparent time taken to cross the Atlantic is 1 minute.

Either that, or the actual time is between 01:36 and 10:09 Philadelphia time, which is much more plausible. 8.5 hours from being scanned aboard an aircraft to being scanned out of it at the far end is very plausible indeed.
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aardvark179
User: aardvark179
Date: 2007-08-08 16:33 (UTC)
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Online package tracking's normal purpose is to tantalise, but in my experience anything involving multiple time zones provides more entertainment through the confusion it generates.

I've had packages arrive before the tracking system will admit they've left the country of origin, or have left and gone back several times. My experience also suggests that the courier companies themselves don't understand the package tracking system either.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-08-08 16:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It'd be useful if the relevant page actually described what the statuses actually mean.

It's possible after all that it was been sitting waiting for a plane for 8.5 hours, and that the latest time stamp is actually that of take-off. So that'd be a notional 1 minute transfer, with the 'IN TRANSIT' meaning that it's still actually over the Atlantic.

Anyway up, it won't get to the office (its delivery address) before tomorrow.
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