Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Confirmed Incidents Added to Flight Status Payload

FlightStats has enhanced its Flight Status payload to include Confirmed Incidents.  A Confirmed Incident is a major disruption to an operating flight that has been reported by two major news outlets.  When this type of incident occurs, FlightStats will add a 'confirmedIncident' block to the payload.  See the example below:


"flightStatus": {
    ...
    "confirmedIncident": {
        "date": "2015-01-01T00:00:00+00:00",
        "message": "News agencies are reporting an incident with 
                    2015-08-16 TGN 267 DJJ --> OKL.
                    The flight went missing in a remote area.
                    Please see CNN or BBC for more information."
    }
}


All of our Flight Status APIs will include this additional information when 'includeNewFields' is added to the extended options, as in the example below:



These types of incidents are, thankfully, extremely rare.  However, when they do happen, we want to ensure that our API customers are informed as quickly as we can that some event has occurred.