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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! If you learned something today, give this
video a like and share it with a friend! But hey –don’t go refuse to fly over something
just yet – we’ve got over 2,000 cool videos for you to land on; just click to the left
or right. Remember: Stay on the Bright Side of life!

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  • You use true North & magnetic North as if they're identical. WRONG!! Changes in magnetic North do NOT affect true North. Since you are in error about this, I question the accuracy of many of your other statements.

  • they should put a no fly zone over the new twin towers shoudnt they??to protect the wall with all the names of ppl that died during 911 and just in case they try to attack again idk

  • Even though Area 51 is a no fly zone for any military and civilian aircraft, they do have some annual flights there but, it’s only allowed for personals that work on the base which those planes are unmarked commercial jets that land at McCarran International sometimes but when those planes do arrive, the security is highly aware of anyone who goes anywhere near those gates but if your one of those Area 51 stormers, I guest being in disguises to look like an Area 51 worker might work but It might not work. But anyways I might not be too sure if this is true or not.

  • Because Earth is flattened disc, Antarctica is on the edge and it is too long to fly over bigger circumference.
    Have you ever wondered why most flighs start at Frankfurt? – Because of smaller circumference.
    Have you ever wondered why there is no direct flights from south America to Australia? – Same answer, it is too close to Antarctica and it is closer to go over middle east, do the math

  • It doesn't matter one bit about what planes fly over. With modern ETOPS regulations, you can fly literally anywhere safely. The magnetic issue is solved by GPS and other navigation systems. There are regular flights over the North Pole. Planes don't fly over Antarctica because there are simply very few possible routes that would go that way. This video is a bunch of nonsense made by someone that has a little knowledge of aviation and great knowledge of youtube sheep attracting algorithms.

  • Plane cant fly over Antarctica because of the force field because of the invisible force field it would crash and every one would die.we are living in a dome.

  • Wow….. 👍😁Brightside is awesome….. I love it….. I do post this kind of videos…. Come and follow me I'll just follow you back…..❤️❤️

  • Well plane don't fly in Antarctica beacuse they might see the passageway from Earth to Aghartha the Legendary City the government has hidden from us.
    Am i the only one who knows about Aghartha?

  • should have renamed as " why planes dont fly over USA"
    jut centering ur country. and many wrong facts………………………….

  • What about military bases? If a plane looked like it was going to fly over one of them, they’d have the airforce asking them to land.

  • I love that I only needed to scroll through the first three comments to realize I didn’t need to waste my time watching this farce of a video

  • Gotta call bull on this silly video. Airlines fly over the Arctic all the time. And so forth. "Bright"…not so much. I write this as both a pilot and passenger.

  • Never heard more BS than this video puts out. All modern planes use gyro compasses and GPS, they do still have magnetic compasses for redundancy. As for flying over all of the earths mountain ranges, it's done all of the time. Modern airliners cruise at 25, 000 to over 35,000 feet all of the time. There is some other reason that these airplanes are not allowed to fly over the poles.

  • It’s because if there was a mechanical issue/emergency there aren’t suitable airports in Antarctica to make an emergency landing. I though everyone knew this? Planes that fly near the poles have to have the ability to stay 5 hours airborne during an emergency to reach a suitable airport.

  • Interesting video but….

    Qantas Airlines offers flights from Australia to fly over Antarctica for a day during their summer months you can pay for if you do not want to step foot on Antarctica. The boarding passes will simple say "private flight" on them.

    There are Airlines that fly over the North Pole from Newark, New Jersey Airport to Hong Kong Airport. If there are no issues with turbulence, in relevance to flying over the oceans or high elevation areas.

    Heat, Australia and the Middle East taking flights anytime of the year with their heat.

    The map showing Amarillo, Texas looks more like the middle of Kansas.

    You can still see the Taj Mahal from the air of you are landing or leaving New Delhi, India (there are a few videos here on YouTube channels with people getting the shots on their devices or cameras.

  • 1:30 The longest flight in the world, New York-Singapore flys over the north pole so yes they are allowed. And the north pole aka True North is not where magnetic north is. Magnetic north is currently in Siberia.

  • …lol…don't drink the kool-aide kids..that's not why, the "powers" in charge of the world don't want anyone to see what's really there.

  • Wings do NOT generate lift via pressure differential. If they did, wings would be larger to create as much of a differential as possible, and planes would be far more efficient. Instead, they are not. The reason for this is in the name of the craft itself! Plane! The wings are actually a very fancy inclined plane. The angle of the wing relative to the fuselage is called the angle of attack, and it is THIS that creates lift. At the angle of attack, the wing pushes the air down under the plane, pushing the plane up. However, this also creates drag. The higher the angle of attack, the more drag is created due to vortices.

    The only time pressure differential has anything to do with lift is once the plane is at maximum cruising speed. At that point, the wing only has to keep the plane in level flight, and so the angle of attack becomes so minimal, the curvature of the wing actually provides most of the lift that is needed.

    Also, have you ever wondered why most airplanes have a vertical stabilizer? It is actually because of the wing. You see, the plane is controlled by flaps called control surfaces. When these surfaces are used, they create drag. There is more drag when the flap moves up than when it moves down. At the wing, this causes yaw, which the pilot then has to correct using the rudder. Efforts have been made to reduce this, and fly-by-wire systems now automatically adjust the rudder during a bank.

  • Planes don't fly over the center of earth because Mt Maru the (Magnetic Center) of "Flat Earth" and our Government have a treaty with the occupants/fallen ones of the area known as the N.Pole?, and also because compasses don't work there! Their is no Antarctica, that is a bald face lie! Wake up, quit falling for the MSM/TPTB/luciferians lies, leave the Programming behind, leave the Matrix and the lady in the Red dress!

  • Nr #3. So wrong. Search for Grid Navigation! That how they navigate over the poles. Also the magnetic north not at the north pole but just east of north Canada.

  • 1. Hawaii is in the pacific ocean.
    2. To get to hawaii by plane, it must travel across the pacific ocean.
    3. Plans CAN travel over the pacific ocean.

  • Am I believing the reasons not to fly over Antarctica. At 5 miles I don’t think weathers going to be a reason. And the point regarding emergency landing, well, what would you prefer, the Southern Ocean. Haha. 😀

  • It’s because the government is covering up the giant Godzilla monster froze under the ice 👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲👩🏾‍🦲

  • As a retired aircraft dispatcher, Continental/United Airlines, just let me share with you that commercial airliner polar flights are a fact jack!. I used to plan flights from Newark to Asia via the North Pole. Our flights from Newark to Narita would sometimes be Polar and other times over Alaska. Our flight from Houston to Narita would be over Alaska. All returning flights from Asia to the US would be over the North Pacific because of a combination Jet Stream and Great Circle. Yeah, buddy, our B777-200s were hanging it out in the middle of no-where. One last thing, how do you think airliners get to Hawaii and Guam, they fly over the Pacific Ocean? As for flying between Australian and Africa/South America, overflight of Antarctica is required by "Great Circle". You can verify this by using the "Great Circle Mapper" web site.

  • Somebody has made a list of interesting factlets why planes won't fly over places for various reasons. Then somebody else has reorganized the list to make it a list of places, wanted to fill in the details but didn't understand physics and geography, and now the logic doesn't fly.

  • Air New Zealand flew tourist scenic flights to Antarctica during the late 1970s until one of its DC10s ended up crashing into Mt Erebus killing all on board due to the white out conditions and Air New Zealand itself altering the flight path coordinates some 9 hours before take off and failed to tell the flight crew.

  • Planes will go on Pacific ocean from Los Angeles to Sydney(flights). Don't convey false information to the viewer's who are watching

  • Commercial pilot here… just checking in to say 90% of this video is total garbage. Most of the no fly zones listed have a ceiling and you can still fly above them if you're high enough.

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