Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Antarctica

Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Antarctica


The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plane.
That’s because in the olden days of air
travel, a conductor would walk down the aisles
collecting tickets.
And to lady passengers he would ask: Where’s
My Fare, Lady?
Actually none of that is true, but we’re
talking about airplanes today, so if the rain
in Spain does stay mainly in the plane, well
then you’d have a pretty soggy trip.
Meanwhile — have you ever wondered if there
are things an airplane simply can’t or won’t
do?
It turns out that airplanes have strict rules
regarding their pathways in the sky – for
safety reasons, and for the sake of staying
friendly with continental neighbors.
Some of the places they’re not allowed to
fly over might surprise you!
Planes Won’t Fly Over Antarctica
Due to the windy and snowy conditions of the
Antarctic mountains, this area is more prone
to white-outs; the pilot wouldn’t be able
to see at all!
Also, in the event of an emergency, landing
in Antarctica or its mountains would expose
passengers to some pretty harsh, freezing
conditions and rough terrain.
That mountain terrain isn’t exactly landing-friendly,
either!
Plus the Penguins won’t like it.
Planes Won’t Fly Directly Over The Earth’s
Poles.
The Earth’s north pole has super strong
magnetic fields that are constantly changing
– their reach and direction can change by
miles a year!
Why is this such a big deal for pilots?
If the magnetic field has moved, true North
might look different to the pilot than what
it actually is, making it difficult for them
to find the correct runway.
The rules for navigation might fly completely
out the window!
Airports name their runways according to how
far off true North they are.
If a strong magnetic field, like the one that
the north pole has, has made a big movement
and causes the pilot to adjust his navigation
from true North, he may not know if he’s
headed to land on the correct runway!
Sounds like a recipe for flight delays!
And it gets better.
Because airports name their runways according
to how far off true North they are in the
number of degrees, reports from pilots of
movements in a magnetic field may cause the
airport to re-name the runway.
The difference of a couple degrees isn’t
a big deal.
But incorrectly re-naming a runway has had
disastrous consequences before, like incorrect
or unsafe landings.
Situations like this are very rare, but it’s
a good idea for pilots to just avoid those
poles and magnetic fields!
Airplanes Won’t Fly Over the Pacific Ocean
Well, it’s not really that they won’t,
per say…it’s because there’s a shorter
route!
Say you’re flying from North America to
Asia.
Due to the Earth’s spherical shape, the
shortest route between Point A and Point B
is actually in a North to South direction,
instead of East to West.
If you’re traveling from North America to
Asia, it’s generally faster to fly over
our European and Middle Eastern friends, rather
than cross over the entire Pacific Ocean.
Planes Won’t Fly Over Tibet
This is largely due to the Himalayan Mountains.
First of all, if a plane has to land in an
emergency situation, mountains aren’t exactly
the ideal impromptu runway.
Know what I mean?
Secondly, if a plane did manage to land in
the mountains, there’s no doubt that it’s
a pretty rough terrain for passengers to cope
with while waiting for help, and the mountains
would, no doubt, cause serious damage to the
aircraft.
Most importantly, it has to do with altitude.
The Himalayas reaches one of the highest altitudes
in the world.
If a plane starts losing cabin pressure, the
pilot is supposed to descend to an altitude
where the air in the cabin becomes breathable
again.
This might be hard to do if you’re flying
among super high-altitude, unforgiving mountains
like the Himalayas!
They Won’t Fly Over the City of Mecca
The simplest reason here is that there’s
no airport in Mecca!
The next city over isn’t that far away,
so there’s no need to spend the millions
of dollars it would take to construct an airport.
Secondly, there’s a strong magnetic field
in Makkah.
As mentioned earlier, a magnetic field can
cause navigational problems for pilots.
They Can’t Take Off When It’s Too Hot
Recently, in Phoenix, Arizona, more than 40
flights were canceled because it was too hot!
Arizona is already a pretty hot place, but
it’s too hot, the plane simply can’t get
enough lift!
Quick science lesson: Airplane wings are shaped
to make air move faster over the top of the
wing, so the pressure of the air decreases.
When the pressure on the top of the wing is
less than the pressure on the bottom of the
wing, it creates a force call “lift” on
the wing that pulls it (and the plane) up
into the air.
But when it’s too hot, the air density is
lower which increases the needed runway speed
to get air flowing over the wings to create
enough lift for takeoff.
So we’ll just sit this one out.
Planes Can’t Fly Over George Washington’s
House!
Located in Mt. Vernon, Virginia, the house
of the first president of the United States
is still standing – although it’s seen
a lot of wear and tear over a few centuries;
it was built in the late 1700s, after all.
It’s considered a National Historic Landmark,
so to prevent further damage to the historic
home, even from air vibrations in the sky,
the airspace above George and Martha’s house
was declared a no-fly zone.
Disney World and Disneyland
For safety reasons, temporary airspace restrictions
are sometimes put in place above areas where
there’s going to be a ton of people, so
no one would get hurt in case a plane needs
to make a surprise landing.
For instance, temporary air restrictions are
placed every year over the Super Bowl.
But what place draws bigger crowds than the
Happiest Place on Earth??
In 2003, the Disney Corporation put “temporary”
no-fly zones over both their parks (which
costs a ton of money, by the way), but somehow,
they just stuck.
To this day, the airspace over Walt Disney
World and Disneyland is a no-fly zone.
Pantex Nuclear Facility
This nuclear plant is located in Amarillo,
Texas, and it basically keeps all of the U.S.’s
nuclear materials safe.
But they also have some old “you probably
don’t want to move it around too much”
type of materials left over from past conflicts.
Therefore, there’s a wide no-fly zone around
and above the facility.
We don’t want any accidental booms!
Camp David
Sounds ordinary, right?
Well, don’t let the simple name fool you!
Formerly known as the Naval Support Facility
Thurmont, it’s a retreat for U.S. Presidents.
A LOT of important people have come, and still
come, to visit this place and have meetings
where many international agreements have been
signed.
Located in Thurmont, Maryland, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt started the tradition of holding
important meetings here.
In the 1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower
renamed the retreat Camp David, after his
grandson.
Due to the many presidents and world-wide
VIPs that visit Camp David, the airspace above
the whole compound is a no-fly zone for safety
reasons.
Kennedy Space Center
Of course you can’t fly over the Space Center,
unless you want to collide with a rocket!
Just kidding, but there are some pretty obvious
reasons why the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
is a no-fly zone.
One reason is the “big crowds” – space
fanatics all over the U.S., and even the world,
come to the Kennedy Space Center to watch
rockets launch into space.
The other reason is that there’s a lot of
NASA and U.S. Airforce activity that goes
on here – pretty important work.
So safety for all parties is the top priority.
Area 51
Everyone knows about this mysterious and fabled
place right?
Aliens, UFOs, unexplainable events…but that’s
a whole other video!
The interesting thing about the restrictions
on the airspace above the whole area is that
it’s a no-fly zone for civilian aircrafts
– and military ones!
Where the actual “Area 51” is, isn’t
really known, so it’s attributed to a pretty
big stretch of Nevada desert.
The fascinating point here is that the whole
area is a no-fly zone – but we don’t know
why!
Ooooh!
Buckingham Palace
Located in London, England, Buckingham Palace
is known as one of the most important and
recognizable historical landmarks in the world.
Home to the Queen of England and all of her
administration and staff, it’s obviously
an important building to the British public
and British government to protect.
There are also many frequent important visitors
to the palace whose safety should be considered.
Buckingham Palace is meant to protect the
Queen and the royal family, so of course a
no-fly zone was established above it.
The Taj Mahal
It’s one of India’s most beautiful and
recognizable pieces of architecture.
Completed in 1653, the Taj Mahal draws thousands
of tourists each year.
In 1983 it was recognized as a World Heritage
site.
The Indian government place a no-fly zone
above the area of the Taj Mahal in 2006 to
safeguard this important historical building
and the many tourists who come to witness
its majesty.
Do you know of any interesting facts about
what airplanes can’t or won’t do?
If so, let me know down in the comments!
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100 thoughts on “Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Antarctica

  • I AM OLD TIMER.. A Captain of Jumbo B 747-400 for 35 years.. And I Strongly Agree with this video.. Rules are made for PUBLIC SAFETY as well to maintain the trust on people about their loyal airline that can fly them from point A to point B SAFELEY

  • my god i loathe this video, and pretty much all other videos this guy has made. im convinced this is a misinformation campaign to detest future pilots.

  • For Kennedy, I've actually seen a helicopter with a gunner out on the side just in case if anyone wants to try something since the visitor complex attracts visitors daily, not only from the US, but from around the world as well.

  • for the Area 51 one, only their security helicopters (they have helicopters that covers the ground that the ground security can't reach) and the fighters jets they have out there are allowed to fly for testing purposes only. The only civilian aircraft that can fly over to Area 51 is the JANET lines coming in from Las Vegas, which is basically Area 51 workers from Vegas.

  • OK that's not the West Coast what you just showed me is the East Coast that would be the Atlantic Ocean I live on the west coast that would be the Pacific Ocean don't forget the time zone differences also there is three hours difference between California and New York

  • Among other problems, runways are named for their magnetic heading, not their difference from true North. True North is useless information when navigating…and landing…. with a compass.

  • Last July I flew from Los Angeles to Sydney then back again a few days later. Both times I flew straight across the Pacific Ocean.

  • Great video. FYI runways are numbered for their magnetic heading in 2 digits rounded to the closest 10 degrees. (Example magnetic heading of the runway is 193 degrees the runway would be 19, if the magnetic heading was 247 it would be runway 25).

  • This is such dromedary waste. If magnetic compass malfunctions and limited vision were the only challenges to flying over Antarctica or the poles, airplanes would routinely do so. Planes mainly rely on non-magnetic compasses to determine North already. Doesn't even mention that the north pole and the magnetic north pole are over 1000 miles apart.

  • Phoenix, Arizona resident here… love the shoutout! and can attest to the truth of the claim. Many people think the airport shuts down because of how hot the tarmac is and tires may burst, but once the temperature reaches above 120 degrees (could be 123 degrees) which is rare but does happen a handful of times during the summer months there are no FFA guidelines for take off at those temps.

    We affectionally call Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport "Hotel Arizona" because you can land but you can't leave lol. We aren't a major hub for large airplanes (mostly Southwest 737s and American A321s) but we do have one British Airways flight daily on a 747 (which is about to be decommissioned in favor of the 787) and even when the weather is cooler, because of the weight of the aircraft it can't take off when the smaller ones can.

  • Airplanes cant fly over antartica cause earth is myb flat and nasas earth picutures are photoshoped.
    Airplanes cant fly over area 51 cause of gouverment its therir secret place and noone can get in.

  • The curved flight path over earth is a straight line on the flat earth model. Perth to johannesburg via dubai, doesn't make any sence on a globe but obvious on a plain.

  • FALSE!! I've seen planes flying from Buenos Aires to Sidney that go over Antartica since it's the shortest route! You are giving false information!!

  • The Earth is FLAT, not round, and the USA and NATO want to hide all of their secret experiments at weather modification and weaponization from the general public. It is not so much a safety issue. There are not white outs at 33,000 feet!

  • I would call this video's title clickbait because it is more about places planes don't fly over than "why planes don't fly over Antarctica" specifically. But the label 'clickbait' implies that I was somehow disappointed with the video I watched after seeing the title, and in this case the video sufficiently covered the topic in the title before then discussing many more interesting related phenomena. In other words, the video itself was much better than its title suggested. I guess it's a sort of… anti-clickbait? Whatever it is, cheers, Bright Side, for far exceeding my expectations!

  • These things may be true, but there are real reasons planes don't fly certain places. Main reason is they don't want
    passengers looking down on the Texas-sized plastic bottle mass of trash floating in the Pacific ocean.

  • THE ILLUMINATI , CONTROLLERS OF THE ANTARCTIC TREATY , PREVENTS THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM FLYING OVER THE ANTARCTIC MAINLY BECAUSE THEY ARE HIDING LAND & RESOURCES. ADDITIONALLY, THE ANTARCTIC IS NOT A CONTINENT. IT IS AN ICE WALL SURROUNDING THE EARTH. IF THE GENERAL PUBLIC GETS SUCH ACCESS, SECRETS OF THE GOVERNMENT, MEDIA, SCIENTISTS, NASA..WILL BE EXPOSED. THIS IS THE REASON FOR SUCH A TREATY. PEOPLE WHO VISIT THE ANTARCTIC ARE ALWAYS ESCORTED BY MILITARY / GUIDED TOURS & WITHIN A SPECIFIED REGION. ONE CANNOT GO ON INDEPENDENT EXPEDITIONS. AIRCRAFT IS CONSISTENTLY MONITORED ON RADAR FOR PERSONS FLYING CLOSE TO THE ICE WALL AROUND THE EARTH. IF ANYONE IS FOUND DOING SUCH, THEY ARE PROSECUTED.

  • Bright side: says no planes fly over the Pacific Ocean because it’s faster to go through Europe and Western Asia to reach Eastern Asia

    3 weeks later Brightside: Planes fly over Alaska to get to Eastern Asia

    Planes from Australia: am I a joke to you

  • This video is brown and falls from a bulls bottom, so they dont fly over antartica because its cold and unfriendly …..oh well just plunge into the ocean then. This video is full of silly errors

  • I'm pretty sure that planes can't fly over the Kremlin in Moscow, Tiananmen Square in Beijing, or ANYWHERE in North Korea!

  • It's so hard for me because lot of places have a no fly zone

    I really want to be a pilot but it will get hard for me

  • The reason why you can't fly over Antarctica, is because it's alien airspace all the governments of world know this.

  • I work for Disney World in Florida, and I can state with certainty that the Parks in Florida are no longer no-fly zones, and haven't been for almost 2 years.

  • Pilots are not solely dependent on their magnetic indicators. Magnetic North varies from true axial North so it is flawed from the start. The GPS system depends on the geosynchronous satellites the VOR  depends on radio wave guidance and the onboard gyroscopes indicate direction.

  • Well, if they don’t fly over Antarctica they certainly aren’t flying anywhere near it’s poles! And they don’t fly over the pacific either? Do you only get to Hawaii by boat? This must be flat earth backed or something. The Atlantic Ocean in winter is no more safe than anywhere else but it seems to be the only safe place to fly over. I bet the next vid will be…”planes don’t fly anywhere”

  • Just about everything in this video is wrong. Maybe right about Antarctica, but there are so few city pairs in the Southern Hemisphere that it really doesn't matter. Not many flights that go from Sydney to Southern Argentina…

  • It would be nice if the people doing this channel spent more time on assuring the accuracy of their "facts" and LESS time on the cutesy-tootsy graphics…

  • Area 51 is a known location, but it's also a research facility for top-secret military hardware. If you want to know where, simply look up Groum Lake, Nevada.

  • So from California you have to go over all these countries to get to Asia, instead of just going over the ocean? Tf

  • I'm pretty sure that have been scenic flights over Antarctica from New Zealand since 2013.
    Prior to that there were scenic flights from 1977-1979; It ran for such a short time because of the Mt. Erebus Disaster (Air New Zealand Flight 901).

  • There used to be till a few years ago a bi weekly transpolar flight over the south pole between Auckland, New Zealand and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and planes don't use magnetic compasses, they use gyroscopic or laser compasses and GPS so the magnetic poles don't affect the navigation.

  • Gotta love all the "so many things wrong" comments. It's a way to 'look' smart without actually having to prove it, eh?

  • How even Americans fly throughout the country after having so many restricted areas over which plane's can't fly

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