Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Antarctica

September 12, 2019 posted by

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!


100 Replies to “Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Antarctica”

  1. BRIGHT SIDE says:

    Hey there, Brightsiders! Which of these places would youlove to visit?

  2. xoobo vola says:

    Due to the aliens and secret goverment in the Antartic, planes wont fly over there

  3. Chris Trance says:

    True North is the Geographical North not the Magnetic North! They are also using the Geographical North (True North), because, yes, the Magnetic North is moving. I watched the first minute and I'm not going to watch the rest. VIDEO REPORTED.

  4. 「Itz_Willow Chan ちゃん」 says:

    Moms,Dads,Parents or Guardians..

    Don’t let your children watch this or else they will believe in this fake news.

  5. Jonathan Holmes says:

    The information about flying over the Pacific Ocean is incorrect. There are hundreds of flights per day between North America and Asia using North Pacific polar and South Pacific routes. These are well established flight routes for almost 50 years.

  6. Ulrik Brun says:

    Your wrong, planes do fly over antarctica but not passenger airplanes beacuse why would you ever go in that dirrection?

  7. ShadowBlaide GACHA says:

    7:08 its like Area 51 base and now i found area 51 8:31

  8. Ramoncito Ross says:


  9. Bob Jennings says:

    Airplanes do not have a reverse gear.

  10. manoj gundeti says:

    They can't fly over parliament of india

  11. Toby Blauwasser says:

    Not true. Numerous governments and private expedition companies fly into, over and around Antarctica. South Pole Station has a runnway. Planes routinely fly over the Pacific and over the Himalayas. I have to admit, I can't bring myself to watch the rest.

  12. J Jj says:

    Can't fly over the artic because it will reveal the flat earth and land beyond it.

  13. Magnus Nilsen says:


  14. Karthik Reddy says:

    A place called tirumala in India is also a no fly zone

  15. Barry Hope SGT Hope says:

    I flew from S Korea to the US across the Pacific, both to and from the two countries.

  16. Yards Ofsnot says:

    Everyone knows if you fly over Antarctica you'll end up flying into deep space. lol

  17. Gert Vanpeet says:

    Amsterdam to Vancouver is straight over the north pole! So bogus story.

  18. Irizu Harbinger says:

    yeah but the air restrictions are made in case of terrorist attacks since the rule was implemented roughly in 2002

  19. AUTOFOKUSS says:

    1:40 thats safari icon (old)

  20. Mark Tierney says:

    This is vid is just not correct on so many points.

  21. ikhwan abdkahar says:

    Murica should declare and put their entire country as no-fly zone at all

  22. RRR&P Christian says:

    flat earther threory, artartica is the ice wall of the earth,

  23. King Gamer Of David says:

    8:22 Alien dance

  24. MLG Lucas says:

    Does this apply for Disneyland Paris?🤔

  25. Galactic Growth says:

    So you can’t fly over the US?

  26. Galactic Growth says:

    You can’t fly over any of the Uk? ._.

    Please make the animations more accurate

  27. userwl2850 says:

    At 5.06…. not pulled.. they are pushed into the air. The word "lift" confuses people.

  28. DC T says:

    Bright side….surely you read the comments…what’s your angle?

  29. Bob Jacobson says:

    These all make sense except for the one saying planes don't fly over the Pacific to get from the mainland US to eastern Asia–I've flown this way several times, although admittedly a fairly northern route is taken; however, none of the outbound flights have been eastward from the mainland US and over Europe.

  30. Robert Mitton says:

    The rain in Spain, falls mainly on the plain… not plane!!

  31. Kodi Schitter says:

    They can't fly over Antarctica because you can see the 2 mile wide cave entrance to argatha from space.

  32. eewag1 says:

    My cousins’ flight got delayed for 6 hours because of heat in Amsterdam!

  33. Chek Romlek says:

    Interesting video

  34. eewag1 says:

    8:11 So the state of Florida, the country of Bahamas and the country of Cuba have no airport?

  35. Arman Can ERSÜZER says:

    Why am I watching this on the day "NINE ELEVEN" ??? 🙂

  36. two son says:

    the one for Mecca is wrong

  37. Patrick Ireland says:


  38. Warren G says:

    The Raj Mahal

  39. Warren G says:

    London Birmingham

  40. M.J Gangitano says:

    commercial aircraft fly across the Pacific Ocean. Look modern flights to Japan and Taiwan. Also, New Zealand fights to go from Hawai to new Zealand. According to some of the people in the castle is that flight do go through Buckingham castle and is a reason for queen to avoid the noisy gardens at the time.

  41. Ethan’s World says:

    I know Area 51!

  42. Ethan’s World says:

    Área 51 Has An Alien Tower!

  43. Vortex-11B Studios says:

    It is faster to fly over the Pacific Ocean

  44. Annabomina Kiran says:

    Bright Side, you not enough bright to name this video..!! It’s like watching Iron Man movie with Avengers title.

  45. wnnalis cioov says:

    Plane does fly over north pole Plane does fly over Tibet Plane does fly over Pacific Ocean

  46. Bernardo Rodillo says:

    How about that airspace over the Bermuda Triangle ?

  47. iiAleena says:

    The compass looks like the old Google logo.

  48. Alina Galache says:

    Basicaly everything is right, but not in all cases. Everything is explained but it's pretty complicated still 🙂 It's just trying to explain too much in too little. There's no special magnetic activity over mecca that i know. Mecca is in Saudi Arabia airspace, and as a sacred place probably the air routes were established arround it. I've seen people saying that mecca is the center of earth and that's why it has 0 magnetism. No. Only in the magnetic poles the magnetic field turns perpendicular to the surface. Closer to the ecuator the more accurate magnetic readings airplane get.

  49. Traek Malan says:

    Just unsubscribed. Wow. Really gone downhill, folks.

  50. Ewan Kershaw says:

    Why don't planes fly over the Artic

  51. Stephen Ferridge says:

    you say what your told to say, try typing in hollow earth on you tube.

  52. Dave shrum says:

    So why is there a strong magnetic field just over Mecca?

  53. Ishaan Bhardwaj says:

    Cathay Pacific goes over the Pacific

  54. gamer waymer says:

    Planes fly to Antarctica… your videos are all nonsense

  55. PubLayout says:

    Umm…magnetic headings and messed up landings? Confusion? Renaming? For years, airlines have been using GPS for navigation, similar to what we use in our cars. GPS is not affected by magnetic heading changes, and supplies consistently accurate heading info within a few feet. GPS has dominated air navigation for years. Just another error in this presentation. It is amazing how many people give aviation opinions without asking an aviation expert for a quick proofreading.

  56. Arnis Taranda says:

    #15. The earth

  57. S Sherwood says:

    Did you people even research anything before you post. This video was terrible. 🤮

  58. MK Gaming says:

    lol when the penguin was like…YOU'RE NOT IN HAWAII!!!
    by the way I was born in Hawaii…and its true,I moved to Canada now and its beautiful here…im in Calgary Alberta

  59. JerseyJoe says:

    Planes do fly over the North Pole !!!

  60. Lil jamezZz says:

    Its because cold u dummies

  61. Souththpama International Mountainside Semi Trucks says:

    Bright side is now dark side.

  62. BradenTheBoss Gaming says:

    I saw the Kennedy Space Center when flying back home from New York

  63. mark gilig says:

    Its beacuase they are Hinding the Hallow Earth👽

  64. dougjstl1 says:

    You made up every single one of those none of those are true all that's BS bulshit

  65. Alec Brown says:

    Planes also don't fly over Antarctica is because passenger flights like Sao Paulo-Sydney or Johannesburg-Auckland are not sufficiently profitable or necessary at this point.

  66. Quick Fire Games says:

    there was a sight-seeing plane in Antarctica and it crashed

  67. Carl Alexander says:

    Click bait title + disorganized topics + incorrect data + unknowable assumptions = horrible video.

  68. Marko Holpainen says:

    Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia is no fly zone too 🙂

  69. Zip Jones says:

    Im gonna go out on a limb here and say that this channel is controlled by the government to put out misinformation… because people in the know indeed know why planes cannot fly over Antarctica; the same reason no one is allowed there… they're hiding something down there!! More land? Edge of the firmament? Ancient technology?

  70. yahwehsonren says:

    Antarctica no fly zone by un

  71. 1 wordhere 1wordthere says:


  72. DannyMartin56 says:

    Cause the earth is flat? North to south circumnavigation has never been done by anyone on earth….prove me wrong

  73. オランダ日本JN says:

    The magnetic north pole is not in the north pole Einstein. Is this just click bait? Almost everything in this video is wrong

  74. noel8421 says:

    Officially unsubscribing. I’ve always questioned Brightside’s facts. Planes don’t fly over the Pacific??? Ouch. Videos like this should be illegal.

  75. JGS VLOG says:

    Any one from India then like . I am from India

  76. Peterson A says:

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  77. Howell Diaz says:

    Magnetic North*

  78. Peter G says:

    The amount of flights every day fly from North America over the Pacific over to Asia is massive. Simply look at flight maps to see for yourself. Whoever created this video failed to pick this part up.

  79. PROPLAY 1824 says:

    U forgot messi's house

  80. Tanatswa Bvunzawabaya says:

    its not allowed to fly on top of leonel messi's house

  81. Bazza porter says:

    Yeap the old Kurnell oil refinery not far from Sydney airport use to be a No Fly Zone.

  82. let's Explore says:

    Planes don't fly over my house 😂

  83. AK Raharto says:

    Dont fly over Borobudur temple in Jogyakarta Indonesia

  84. Esam Alaslmy says:

    Isn't satalite GPS a solution for point 2?

  85. Jeff Brannan says:

    I like the video but have to Disagree with you on two points which I can sum up in one paragraph.

    Planes DO fly over Antarctica and the North pole. But it is heavily restricted and only the Boeing 777 is allowed to make that journey. Feel free to look it up if you’d like. In any case, thanks for the video and keep it up.

  86. ENGLISMP says:

    Planes fly over the Pacific every day… I've done it

  87. Clutch Legend says:

    Cause the Ice King didn’t get defeated, it was all fake, he’s living in Antartica

  88. Lucas ilagan hacker pro Pro says:

    BeAcauSe ItS SuPeR colD

  89. Steve Petttyjohn says:

    This is absolutely the last Bright Side video I will ever watch. Just so much is false and BS!

  90. rookaya cassim says:

    Planes can't fly above 10

  91. mixio hili says:

    oh my GOD it keeps getting better

  92. Tony Morse says:

    Or we would see the entrance to inter earth

  93. Tony Morse says:

    Why did admiral Byrd Antarctica flight happen and natzis flew all over Antarctica

  94. Sally Angelworks says:

    Strong magntic field over Mecca, loool.

  95. Andrew Oriez says:

    Um…. PLanes DO fly over the pacific…… all the time….

  96. Knadinator says:

    You lost me in the first half minute

  97. Franklin Gee says:

    Big planes use GPS

  98. FLYTE SPOTTER says:


  99. Zakhanens Stöd says:

    If a plane flew pver antarctica it would hit the ice wall

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