Why Planes Don't Fly Over Antarctica

  • Published on Sep 7, 2019
  • 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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Comments • 3 864

    BRIGHT SIDE  5 months ago +240

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

    • TheVikulja25
      TheVikulja25 Hour ago

      Idk i like Concorde so a Concorde mueasum

    • pes man
      pes man Month 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

  • Octavian Jigmond
    Octavian Jigmond 12 hours ago +1

    The amount of no fly zone in america
    Pilots:WHATS THIS BS

  • its_kaven
    its_kaven Day ago

    Planes from North America to Asia don’t fly over Europe. They fly over Alaska and Russia, and not to avoid the pacific, it’s simply the quickest route.

  • Ignite Break Timer

    Airplanes can't go under water

  • NoobArmy Rules
    NoobArmy Rules 2 days ago

    I call that fake. The Florida space center? ENTIRE FLORDIA? There’s airports in there. If it was really a no fly zone, no airports would be there,

    BIGO GIRLS 4 days ago

    All Lie... Wordl is Flat and no permission to fly over Antarctica

  • mariam almudhhi
    mariam almudhhi 6 days ago

    No one could go to Antartica because the equater will hit you

  • cubansweetfire
    cubansweetfire 8 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 8 days ago

    They don’t fly Antarctica cause the world if FLAT, yo????😎

    SAQIB MASHKOOR 8 days ago

    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 9 days ago

    Did we forget there is a no fly zone over DC?

  • Sammy3x
    Sammy3x 9 days ago +1

    Who else came from seeing that one tiktok

  • theboredbrowser
    theboredbrowser 11 days ago +2

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

  • theboredbrowser
    theboredbrowser 11 days ago +1

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

    • theboredbrowser
      theboredbrowser 11 days ago

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

    • theboredbrowser
      theboredbrowser 11 days ago +1


    • theboredbrowser
      theboredbrowser 11 days ago +1

      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
      theboredbrowser 11 days ago +1

      runways are aligned to the MAGNETIC NORTH

    • theboredbrowser
      theboredbrowser 11 days ago +1


  • theboredbrowser
    theboredbrowser 11 days ago +1


  • theboredbrowser
    theboredbrowser 11 days ago +2

    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 11 days ago +1

    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
    Fortnite harry123 12 days ago

    airplanes can’t go over lionel messi house

  • randombloke
    randombloke 14 days ago

    I was expecting Chernobyl

  • xXTwilight WorldXx
    xXTwilight WorldXx 15 days ago +1

    Hey BRIGHT SIDE I have a request that will you make a Video of
    Sir SIMON comission
    Rowlett Acts
    Dandi March/ Salt Law

  • Anas Maaz
    Anas Maaz 15 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 16 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 17 days ago

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

  • Diana Krewinkel
    Diana Krewinkel 17 days ago

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

  • Paul Brower
    Paul Brower 19 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 19 days ago

    Area 51 is an Air Force base

  • Jonathon Jennings
    Jonathon Jennings 22 days ago

    1:43 why ain't it hard for 🎅

  • paulrichardevo
    paulrichardevo 22 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 23 days ago

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

  • Ekas pauper
    Ekas pauper 24 days ago

    Planes wont fly over
    The Eiffel Tower

  • TeamMB !!
    TeamMB !! 29 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 Month ago

    Many False statements

  • ruben trujillo
    ruben trujillo Month ago

    only the elite have visited agarta

  • Way To StudY
    Way To StudY Month ago

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

  • Mr Gaming
    Mr Gaming Month ago

    Messi house is also no flying

  • Alex Strand
    Alex Strand Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Reuben Evans 2009
    Reuben Evans 2009 Month ago

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

  • Not Today
    Not Today Month 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
    Indrxs Month ago

    Simple answer: *because it’s cold*

  • Johann Simbulan
    Johann Simbulan Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Theo Chino
    Theo Chino Month 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
    Renaissance Lease Month ago

    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 +1


  • 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
    earth Month ago

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

  • Kirsty Sutton
    Kirsty Sutton Month ago +1

    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