I was on a plane while the Rapture was supposed to be taking place, and it occurred to me: The clouds below me look an awful lot like how heaven is supposed to look. Maybe there are, in fact, exactly 144,000 people in the air right now. Maybe when John of Patmos misunderstood the vision he was given, and he really just saw 144,000 people flying around in airplanes.
Another theory: Revelations specifies that the 144,000 are drawn from the tribes of Israel. According to adherents.com
, 0.22% of the world population self-identifies as practicing Judaism. Therefore, if 654,545 are in the air, then 0.22% of them -- or 144,000 -- would be a self-identified practitioner of Judaism. (of course, there are people from the tribes of Israel that probably identified on that survey as "nonreligious". Also, the proportion of these people in the air might not be the same as their proportion in the world).
Anyway, that's the silly version of the question. But it did get me thinking: How many people are in the air at a given time?
Also, it probably depends on the day and time, how many people are flying. What's - like - the max, min, and average?