Why Planes Don't Fly Over Antarctica

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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!
For example, planes won’t fly directly over the Earth’s poles and over the Pacific Ocean. You can't see planes over Tibet and over the City of Mecca. The airspace over Walt Disney World and Disneyland is also a no-fly zone. The same applies to Area 51 but we don't know why.
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Antarctica 0:50
The Earth’s Poles 1:20
the Pacific Ocean 2:43
Tibet 3:19
The City of Mecca 4:09
When It’s Too Hot 4:35
George Washington’s House 5:23
Disney World and Disneyland 5:56
Pantex Nuclear Facility 6:43
Camp David 7:08
Kennedy Space Center 7:56
Area 51 8:30
Buckingham Palace 9:11
The Taj Mahal 9:46
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- 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!
- The Earth’s north pole has super strong magnetic fields that are constantly changing - their reach and direction can change by miles a year!
- 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.
- There’s a strong magnetic field in Makkah. As mentioned earlier, a magnetic field can cause navigational problems for pilots.
- George Washington’s House is 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.
- In 2003, the Disney Corporation put “temporary” no-fly zones over both their parks, but somehow, they just stuck.
- 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 in Florida is a no-fly zone. 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.
- Buckingham Palace is meant to protect the Queen and the royal family, so of course a no-fly zone was established above it.
- 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.
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BRIGHT SIDE 5 months ago
Hey there, Brightsiders! Which of these places would youlove to visit?
pes man
pes man 28 days ago
Area 51
Mandy Cole
Mandy Cole Month ago
Noah bh
Noah bh Month ago
A place that pilots are afraid to land is also Newark
Nitro Man
Nitro Man Month ago
Brainy brainy Brainy
biyun liu
biyun liu Month ago
I would like to visit your house :D
mariam almudhhi
No one could go to Antartica because the equater will hit you
cubansweetfire 2 days ago
Why would any fly over Antarctica, there’s nothing to see there, only watching sheets of ice collapse in water
Pink Floyd4
Pink Floyd4 2 days ago
They don’t fly Antarctica cause the world if FLAT, yo????😎
It should be but planes should not fly over minar-e-Pakistan and Badshahi Mosque because muslims come there to pry.
Timothy Spruill
Timothy Spruill 3 days ago
Did we forget there is a no fly zone over DC?
Sammy3x 3 days ago
Who else came from seeing that one tiktok
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
just cuz there isn't an airport doesn't mean they won't fly OVER it
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
I'm going to reply to this every time I laugh at this
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
planes over the himalayas have additional oxygen supply vs the normal 15mins for this reason. they still fly there.
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
Due to ETOPS, planes would never have to land on antartica, as no commercial airline has made ETOPS arrangements for there. Planes fly higher than Mt. Everest, so they don't need to worry about crashing into mountains while cruising, EVER. They fly over antartica to get from south america to southern africa
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
runways are aligned to the MAGNETIC NORTH
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
theboredbrowser 5 days ago
Planes DO fly over antartica, just like they do the north pole. they fly over it when going from south america to southern africa.
Harvey Kerr
Harvey Kerr 6 days ago
Hey, why don't you fly over building 555's bus accident. you won't believe it happend on Sep 24, 2005. Very unrecocnizable.
Fortnite harry123
airplanes can’t go over lionel messi house
randombloke 8 days ago
I was expecting Chernobyl
xXTwilight WorldXx
Hey BRIGHT SIDE I have a request that will you make a Video of Sir SIMON comission Rowlett Acts Dandi March/ Salt Law Please.
Anas Maaz
Anas Maaz 9 days ago
We use magnetic headings to fly. But these days with modern avionics and with the help of inertial navigation system we are able to fly using true headings. As a matter of fact inertial systems measure headings based on true north and use earth variation to calculate headings based on magnetic north.
Voravut Supitak
Voravut Supitak 11 days ago
The no fly zone when they see a plane :hip pity hop pity your souls are now my property
Diana Krewinkel
Diana Krewinkel 11 days ago
Manhattan Island in New York City is a no-fly zone
Diana Krewinkel
Diana Krewinkel 11 days ago
Manhattan Island in New York City is a no-fly zone
Paul Brower
Paul Brower 14 days ago
I would suspect that the Kremlin in Moscow, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Japanese Royal Palace, the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl disaster site, and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (with the Dome of the Rock) are prohibited areas.
Daber TV
Daber TV 14 days ago
Area 51 is an Air Force base
Jonathon Jennings
Jonathon Jennings 16 days ago
1:43 why ain't it hard for 🎅
paulrichardevo 16 days ago
this guy should get to flight school and quit reading google.. i’ve flown a few hours in my time buddy, brush up on=flight planning, distance learn, airspace. drag. fuel consumption. pollution, noise. profit. search& rescue. and other things passages probably are best not knowing.
Peggy Pegasus
Peggy Pegasus 17 days ago
I actually remember when flights were canceled in Phoenix because it was so hot. Lol
Ekas pauper
Ekas pauper 19 days ago
Planes wont fly over The Eiffel Tower
TeamMB !!
TeamMB !! 23 days ago
Yoy! Your wrong u flew over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to US and there us a airport in antartica And magents won’t hurt the compass that much cause Canada routes go close to the Borth Pole and Why you always use A340’s To show planes?
Larry Beauford
Larry Beauford 24 days ago
Many False statements
ruben trujillo
ruben trujillo 25 days ago
only the elite have visited agarta
Way To StudY
Way To StudY 26 days ago
I was thinking of turning the space above my house as no fly zone🤔🤔
Mr Gaming
Mr Gaming 26 days ago
Messi house is also no flying
Alex Strand
Alex Strand 27 days ago
Airplanes don't fly over antartica because its not the quickest route. Planes do fly near the north pole and over the north magnetic pole Planes will fly over the pacific ocean and but it all depends on place of departure and destination Planes don't fly over Mecca because its closed or restricted airspace. Emergency flights can pass through Not only can planes not take off because of the air density when its hot but several planes are restricted from operating at temps above 118 set by the manufacture. For most other and larger planes its 126 but again it doesn't have to do with density. Disney Land and World are restricted due to threat of terrorism, not an emergency landing and same with Pantex plant in Amarillo. If you are going to do a video at least get your facts straight.
Awesome Audrey
Awesome Audrey 27 days ago
OMG when you said planes won't fly over Tibet I was writing down a Tibetan recipe 😱😱😱😱
Reuben Evans 2009
Reuben Evans 2009 28 days ago
Planes try not to crash but they do!?!?!?!?!?
Omega Alpha
Omega Alpha 28 days ago
1. There are many reasons why airplane don't fly over Antarctica. First of all, it's almost impossible to establish Air Traffic Control points on or near the continent. Second, there are no destinations to fly to. Third, and most important, weather and light conditions. In Antarctica is much harder to calculate the time of the day and the pressure drops significantly due to the cold. As, SPOILER ALERT, airplanes don't fly based on 'height', but rather isobaric surfaces (parcels of air with the same pressure/density). Since the area around the poles is less heated by the Sun and due to the Earth's shape, those isobaric surfaces are much lower than usual over the North and even more over the South Pole. And since there are no objectives in the region, there is no reason to fly over there, especially as a comercial airline. 2. 1:30 Mistake. Airports designated their runways relative to the local Magnetic North Orientation. There is a big difference between Magnetic North and True North, which spawns few other differences as well. The biggest of those is that we cannot really measure True North, because it is defined as the Northern end of the imaginary axis around which the Earth rotates. Using sattelites and telescopes, recently we have gained the ability to determine more or less where that point would be, however we cannot measure it with an instrument on board. Magnetic North, well, the name says it all. However, there is a variation between where the Magnetic pole is located and where TN is. Furthermore, there are many magnetic anomalies around the world (like Kursk anomaly which affects most of Central and Northern Europe). Since there is no instrument to measure TN and Magnetic north Varies, you cannot have runways oriented relative to a single point. Runway numbers are formed such that each unit added represents 10 degrees heading from the magnetic North indicated by local instruments. Between the aproach/departure waypoints you don't have variations, so the compass would serve you well. 3. Why airplanes won't fall over the North Pole? Well, as explained at point 1, it has mostly to do with the fact that the isobaric surfaces are much lower, so for the same height, you have more flight levels compared to a temperate zone. This puts problems to safety and navigation. Having two big magnetic anomalies (the Magnetic North over Canada and the Kursk anomaly in Russia) certainly does not really help magnetic navigation. However, saying that airplanes don't fly over the North Pole is a bit of an over-statement. They might not go over the full arctic ocean, but Northern corridors exist and are one of most valuable pieces of airspace out there. 4. Himalayas and everything around. Well, again, isobaric surfaces. Over the mountains those can fluctuate as well. Especially with upwards and downards currents generated by the wind and high altitudes. A FL of 380 for examples is roughly equivalent to 12k meters. However, because the pressure can drop, the altitude of an airplane flying on the same FL can decrease as well. And with such a low margin of error, well, hopefully you won't have to hit a mountain. Of course, safety concers of cabin pressure drop are also valid. In fact, if you were to fly over Tibet, which has an altitude of 5,000 meters, you had nowhere to descent. Average humans can breathe normally up to 3000 meters. You'd be flying 2,000m above that. And at high speed.
Indrxs 29 days ago
Simple answer: *because it’s cold*
Johann Simbulan
Johann Simbulan 29 days ago
If i found the smartest person in the world i will ask why does planes not allowed to go at erea 51.😂😂😂
Merciful Soul
Merciful Soul 29 days ago
Is it true there is a "strong magnetic field over Mecca"???
Theo Chino
Theo Chino 29 days ago
Plainly put, airport runways are numbered according to compass bearings. This means runway numbers are based on the compass with 360 representing north, 90 representing east, 180 representing south, and 270 representing west. Runways are numbered between 01 and 36.Mar 9, 2015
Renaissance Lease
Plains cant fly over Washington DC because the highest thing there is supposed to be a statue of George Washington
Andrew Carter
Andrew Carter Month ago
QANTAS flys over Antarctica ever New Years Eve
Rohin Kumar
Rohin Kumar Month ago
Brightside you are very great 🇯🇵㊗️🍉🇯🇵
Joyce Matadi
Joyce Matadi Month ago
Who is some guy who watches no fly zone watching this This should be PART 2 of where plans can't fly
B Mohan
B Mohan Month ago
Airplanes can’t fly over messi’s house
Thai princesses&daddy
So much nonsense in a single video that hurts. I guess the producer also never hear about Global Positioning System, Inertial Reference Systems,and Radio Aids (VORs, DMEs, ADFs, ILSs). But what really hurts is for he gets money for his wrong information.
Daniel Lee
Daniel Lee Month ago
Even if they could, why would you fly over Antarctica?
Emre Demir
Emre Demir Month ago
good_muffin_chubbs Holy muffin
Can’t fly over Russia our will be shot down right as you enter airspace without clearnce
Chris Rojas
Chris Rojas Month ago
No sky zone around the twin towers... wait, that's too late.
icingsalt 44
icingsalt 44 Month ago
jaiden and theodd1sout watching this: mmm it burns there
Laimonas Grigas
Laimonas Grigas Month ago
I think in lithuainian
earth Month ago
They will not fly over Antarctica because it is the coldest place whare penguin live
Kirsty Sutton
Kirsty Sutton Month ago
Why planes don't go over Antartica is because a air NZ tour flying Over mt aurabis and crashed into the mountain
Renbee Dativo
Renbee Dativo Month ago
South China Sea no fly zone,no fishing zone,war zone.
Noah bh
Noah bh Month ago
Pepole don't want to land in Newark
Athena Mejia
Athena Mejia Month ago
You scared me when you said area 51
Forgotten Places
Now i remember why i dont subscribe to this channel, so much misinformation...
Forgotten Places
How is flying over antaricica any different than a north pole route? Antarctica doesnt get hardly any snow either, the reason planes dont fly over antarctica is because most planes are flying beween locations in the northern hemisphere therefore it makes no sense to use it... u cant use an ocean or the north pole as a good emergency landing either...
wow. this is propaganda. facts are just wrong.
Nitro Man
Nitro Man Month ago
I Live in Las Vegas and area 51 is in Las Vegas everybody knows that
Jeff sandrock
Jeff sandrock Month ago
This guy is a NASA nerdy globetard. He has no idea what he's talking about. It's called sea level not sea curve for a reason. Earth is flat
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