Launch check has begun at Regional Tracking Centers worldwide. This is a process where all things are checked to make sure it is clear for Santa to enter the airspace of each sector and deliver as he has traditionally done.
This process actually takes many months to accomplish and it begins with discussions between the North Pole State Department and local authorities. There are permits, flight plans and other logistical details that are worked out well in advance.
This process today is a check of the entire list of requirements and each Regional Tracking Center has to give their own “go for launch” signal before it enters what we call the Red Zone.
The Red Zone is a period of time where Santa is expected to be in flight within the sector. All sectors work hard to get into the Red Zone. When that is declared, they are officially put on the clock as they switch from getting ready for Santa to fly to actively tracking his flight path and activities.