You see, there's no seat-back entertainment system on AA 001's old 767. While a boring rom-com plays on the overhead screens, we were instead left to our own devices to pass the nearly 6 hours in the air. Luckily the skies are clear and the route across the country, in the middle of the day, is ideal for a little live Google Earth action.
To check whether or not your flight will pass over the Grand Canyon, head to FlightAware.com and search the flight number from yesterday. If the weather was normal and it's looking the same for your flight, and the track goes right over the northern half of Arizona, then book a window seat (not over the wingwe picked one of the last economy rows for best photos) and have your camera ready about 1-2 hours before touching down in southern California.