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Blade offers $95 helicopter rides to escape the NY pope traffic

Wanna get away from the horrendous traffic caused by the pope's visit to the Big Apple? Blade, aka the Uber of helicopters, will take you across Manhattan in one of its choppers for $95 on Friday.

Blade wants you to get to the choppa to escape the pope traffic in New York City on Friday. Screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET

Pope Francis is getting busy in the Big Apple on Friday, and that can only mean one thing for New York City residents -- unbearable traffic.

Fortunately for those with a little extra cash to spare, a company called Blade, essentially the Uber for helicopters in the area, is offering helicopter rides to escape the traffic with a quick flight. For $95, the service will take you between Blade Lounge locations on the West (on West 30th St.) and East Sides (on East 34th St.) of the city on Friday.

Flights take about 6 minutes in total, and while spending $95 on an extremely short helicopter ride may seem like a big spend, when you factor in the amount of time and frustration you'll save over grabbing a $30 cab, it may be worth the additional expense if you absolutely have to get across the city during the pope's visit on Friday.

Flights are running during rush hour, with departures between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m ET in the morning, and between 5:15 p.m and 6:45 p.m. in the evening. Those interested in booking their spot on one of the helicopters can download the Blade app for iOS and Android from the respective app stores.

(Via The Verge)