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Why Airline Maps All Look the Same

Since we're not the ones navigating, do we really need geographically accurate diagrams?
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In 1933, Harry Beck introduced abstraction and simplicity to the world of transit cartography with his diagram for London’s underground system. Ignoring everything above the tunnels except for the Thames, Beck’s concept continues to influence subway diagrams to this day.  

But what about maps for travel 30,000 feet above ground?