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

      1. pes man

        Area 51

      2. Mandy Cole


      3. Noah bh

        A place that pilots are afraid to land is also Newark

      4. Nitro Man

        Brainy brainy Brainy

      5. biyun liu

        I would like to visit your house :D

    2. theboredbrowser

      just cuz there isn't an airport doesn't mean they won't fly OVER it

    3. theboredbrowser

      I'm going to reply to this every time I laugh at this

      1. theboredbrowser

        planes over the himalayas have additional oxygen supply vs the normal 15mins for this reason. they still fly there.

      2. theboredbrowser


      3. theboredbrowser

        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

      4. theboredbrowser

        runways are aligned to the MAGNETIC NORTH

      5. theboredbrowser


    4. theboredbrowser


    5. theboredbrowser

      Planes DO fly over antartica, just like they do the north pole. they fly over it when going from south america to southern africa.

    6. Harvey Kerr

      Hey, why don't you fly over building 555's bus accident. you won't believe it happend on Sep 24, 2005. Very unrecocnizable.

    7. Fortnite harry123

      airplanes can’t go over lionel messi house

    8. randombloke

      I was expecting Chernobyl

    9. 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.

    10. Anas Maaz

      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.

    11. Voravut Supitak

      The no fly zone when they see a plane :hip pity hop pity your souls are now my property

    12. Diana Krewinkel

      Manhattan Island in New York City is a no-fly zone

    13. Diana Krewinkel

      Manhattan Island in New York City is a no-fly zone

    14. Paul Brower

      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.

    15. Daber TV

      Area 51 is an Air Force base

    16. Jonathon Jennings

      1:43 why ain't it hard for 🎅

    17. paulrichardevo

      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.

    18. Peggy Pegasus

      I actually remember when flights were canceled in Phoenix because it was so hot. Lol

    19. Ekas pauper

      Planes wont fly over The Eiffel Tower

    20. TeamMB !!

      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?

    21. Larry Beauford

      Many False statements

    22. ruben trujillo

      only the elite have visited agarta

    23. Way To StudY

      I was thinking of turning the space above my house as no fly zone🤔🤔

    24. Mr Gaming

      Messi house is also no flying

    25. Alex Strand

      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.

    26. Awesome Audrey

      OMG when you said planes won't fly over Tibet I was writing down a Tibetan recipe 😱😱😱😱

    27. Reuben Evans 2009

      Planes try not to crash but they do!?!?!?!?!?

    28. Omega Alpha

      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.

    29. Let It Snow Lyrics

      Simple answer: *because it’s cold*

    30. Johann Simbulan

      If i found the smartest person in the world i will ask why does planes not allowed to go at erea 51.😂😂😂

    31. Merciful Soul

      Is it true there is a "strong magnetic field over Mecca"???

    32. Theo Chino

      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

    33. Renaissance Lease

      Plains cant fly over Washington DC because the highest thing there is supposed to be a statue of George Washington

    34. Andrew Carter

      QANTAS flys over Antarctica ever New Years Eve

    35. Rohin Kumar

      Brightside you are very great 🇯🇵㊗️🍉🇯🇵

    36. Joyce Matadi

      Who is some guy who watches no fly zone watching this This should be PART 2 of where plans can't fly

    37. B Mohan

      Airplanes can’t fly over messi’s house

    38. 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.

    39. Daniel Lee

      Even if they could, why would you fly over Antarctica?

    40. Emre Demir


    41. good_muffin_chubbs Holy muffin

      Can’t fly over Russia our will be shot down right as you enter airspace without clearnce

    42. Chris Rojas

      No sky zone around the twin towers... wait, that's too late.

    43. icingsalt 44

      jaiden and theodd1sout watching this: mmm it burns there

    44. Laimonas Grigas

      I think in lithuainian

    45. earth

      They will not fly over Antarctica because it is the coldest place whare penguin live

    46. Kirsty Sutton

      Why planes don't go over Antartica is because a air NZ tour flying Over mt aurabis and crashed into the mountain

    47. Renbee Dativo

      South China Sea no fly zone,no fishing zone,war zone.

    48. Noah bh

      Pepole don't want to land in Newark

    49. Athena Mejia

      You scared me when you said area 51

    50. Forgotten Places

      Now i remember why i dont subscribe to this channel, so much misinformation...

    51. 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...

    52. ohmusicsweetmusic

      wow. this is propaganda. facts are just wrong.

    53. Nitro Man

      I Live in Las Vegas and area 51 is in Las Vegas everybody knows that

    54. Jeff sandrock

      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


      White House is also a no fly zone

    56. Jurassic 6

      I’m watching on the 2nd of January 2020

      1. Jurassic 6

        Btw future peoples what’s happened about coppa

    57. BanterShortGamer

      whos here in 2020

    58. Paul Brower

      The White House! The Capital Building! Let me guess some others: the Kremlin the Forbidden City of Beijing 10 Downing Street (residence of the British Prime Minister) Vatican City the Dome of the Rock Pyramids and the Sphinx the Parthenon Having taken many commercial flights between San Francisco and Dallas, the Grand Canyon is apparently fair game.

    59. Christopher Roman

      What about the area over Leo Messis house

    60. Galaxy Star

      The whole USA is a no fly zone 😑😐😑🤔

    61. FTBLVloggamez4life

      I’m I the only one watching this in 2020 🥺😢😭

      1. Jeta Joxhe

        im watching this on 2020 too

      2. Dhruva sujihal


      3. Julie Erickson


    62. SoulKeeper

      Because eArTh Is fLaT

    63. Joji Twentysix

      The comment 'who's watching in 2019?' will be no more! But get prepared for 'who's watching in 2020?' 😕

    64. Josh Holden

      They can't fly over Paris

    65. Jesse Pinkman

      They obviously hide something there

    66. Moo 2310

      The show-flyers at the queen's birthday etc fly over the Palace

    67. I LOVE CATS!!!!!

      6:38 so we just gonna sit here and not think of how these 2 planes went right through each other

    68. D Mac

      Because you would discover other liveable lands outside the ice ring.

    69. Smart Man

      I went to Finland and they had to fly over the North Pole (Finland

    70. Nicolas Phung

      Runways are numbered based on magnetic north not true north