In Flight Video: San Francisco to Paris in Two Minutes

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AOL Travel writer David Parker Brown found this video from Nate Bolt, who was able to snap 2,459 photos and condense a 10 and a half hour long flight from San Francisco International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport into two minutes.

The video captures the scenery viewable from the right side of an Airbus A340, from takeoff and landing, as well as some rare sights from the 5,500 mile flight path, like Canadian tundra and the Northern Lights.

Air passengers know the drill: before a flight takes off, a request is broadcast on the loudspeaker system with the "please turn off electronic devices until the pilot signals that it is safe to use them" spiel.

Bolt didn't ignore the warning.

According to Bolt's YouTube page, "The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times which the FAA prohibits them. I did get lucky and have a whole row to myself to setup the tripod and gear."

Bolt writes that the photos were shot with multiple cameras: a Canon 5D2, along with a time-lapse controller, and "a 16mm - 35mm, mixed with some iPhone shots."

He requested permission from the Air France staff who were on board in order to set up his equipment and document the ride. Bolt also was fortunate to have some patience from passengers in neighboring seats, who dealt with the clicking of a camera every few seconds.

While it might not be the "real" thing from start to finish, Bolt's efforts make for a catchy clip. It's a reminder of what's going on out there while everyone is snoozing with the airplane shades pulled down, and it's worth a watch:

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