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 • 3 117

    BRIGHT SIDE  10 days ago +136

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

    • canmield
      canmield 19 hours ago

      Doug Selsam Yeah, there is so much wrong with this video I had to stop somewhere. B-29’s flew over the Himalayas (near Burma not Tibet) in WWII. Mountains do create dangerous weather patterns but oceans create hurricanes/typhoons. We still fly over them, Pacific included BrightSide.
      Daocheng Yading Airport is higher than the tallest mountain in Colorado. Almost 2500 feet higher than the Lhasa airport.

    • Doug Selsam
      Doug Selsam Day ago

      @canmield And there is an airport in Lhasa, Tibet. so planes fly there.

    • Kun Shang
      Kun Shang Day ago


    • Skye Panda
      Skye Panda Day ago

      I’m from America and I really wanna go to Australia it seems like a cool place

    • chessten
      chessten Day ago

      Hey Bright side ... not very bright apparently. Many planes fly over the Pacific ocean from Asia to North America!!

  • Brandon Hanson.
    Brandon Hanson. 17 hours ago

    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 USclip channels with people getting the shots on their devices or cameras.

  • Pete B
    Pete B 17 hours ago

    Things an Airplane can't or won't do? Nope, just my ex.

  • Census
    Census 17 hours ago +1

    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.

  • Harry Goodhorn
    Harry Goodhorn 19 hours ago

    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.

  • Demon curtis
    Demon curtis 19 hours ago

    Well he isn't wrong it does get hot here in Arizona

  • Dorothy Gale
    Dorothy Gale 20 hours ago

    The North magnetic pole isn't anywhere near the geographic North pole.

  • hornswoogle2012
    hornswoogle2012 20 hours ago +1

    You forgot the White House Is also a no fly zone

  • Pax Christus
    Pax Christus 21 hour ago

    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.

  • Bosto 2006
    Bosto 2006 21 hour ago

    You can’t fly over Chris ‘s forest in Rhodopes mountains in South Bulgaria

    RESPONDI433 22 hours ago

    Smash my thumb ! This video is epic !

  • Nicholas Nielsen
    Nicholas Nielsen 23 hours ago

    I've flown over the Pacific Ocean twice... hahah

    FLA-TEXAN 23 hours ago

    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

  • Jamie Nelson
    Jamie Nelson Day ago

    We do have flights from Australia to Antarctica

  • Jamie Nelson
    Jamie Nelson Day ago

    It's a shame there can't be a rule saying American fighter jets cant fly over middle eastern countries

  • Pedro Rita-Pereira

    Like if you believe the earth is flat!!!

  • Matilda Watts
    Matilda Watts Day ago

    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.

  • Jamie Bainbridge
    Jamie Bainbridge Day ago +2

    This is one of the worst videos I've seen. So many things wrong.

  • Medolino2009
    Medolino2009 Day ago

    false information

  • Sudheen Dra
    Sudheen Dra Day ago +1

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

  • Aisha Faith Carno

    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?

  • Asgardcore
    Asgardcore Day ago

    Area 51’s location isn’t really known? Come on really? Just look on google earth

    • Hunter Clark
      Hunter Clark 18 hours ago

      Lol it's at groom lake in Nevada I think

  • Vijai Rox
    Vijai Rox Day ago +1

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

  • Krishna Manikanta

    Bermuda triangle area- non fly zone

  • drkrn1986
    drkrn1986 Day ago

    Strong magnetic field over mecca is wrong. It's only due to religious reasons that planes won't fly above it

  • chessten
    chessten Day ago +1

    With GPS, it should be safe to fly over the north pole without depending on the compass??

  • Ekam Jot
    Ekam Jot Day ago

    Why planes cant fly over america

  • Jevon Stapleton
    Jevon Stapleton Day ago

    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.

  • Steve Schrader
    Steve Schrader Day ago

    I call BS on this video

  • ???
    ??? Day ago

    Groom lake, Nevada = Area 51. . . You can see giant hangars covered by camoflauge in google maps and earth

  • Adnilyoj
    Adnilyoj Day ago +1

    I am in CA. Where am I flying when I go to HI if they don't fly over the Pacific Ocean?

  • bugalaman
    bugalaman Day ago

    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.

  • DBA Youtuber
    DBA Youtuber Day ago

    Bro you miss red fort in India

  • The Crazy Gamer
    The Crazy Gamer Day ago +1

    there is barely any snow in anatrtica its ice so thats wrong.

  • Cpt Insano
    Cpt Insano Day ago

    The earth is flat.

  • Mijo Vrvilo
    Mijo Vrvilo Day ago

    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

  • Ryan Sakie BugattiFan

    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.

  • gary embree
    gary embree Day ago



    Mount Everest you can't fly over there

  • sh oom
    sh oom Day ago

    في عرب في الطيارة؟

  • Azn DooM
    Azn DooM Day ago

    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

  • Bhupesh Mathur
    Bhupesh Mathur Day ago

    Barnuda/Barmuda Triangle

  • J Point
    J Point Day ago +2

    Thumnail can be changed like " why planes will not fly over america"

  • Hyper Planet
    Hyper Planet Day ago

    You've missed Bermuda triangle

  • Chris Jensen
    Chris Jensen Day ago +1

    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.

  • JαneCθrbყ
    JαneCθrbყ Day ago

    9:07 nuketown

  • Sabin Sunny
    Sabin Sunny Day ago

    Then what will happen if flight enters no fly zone?

  • Aaliyah Mcgrattan
    Aaliyah Mcgrattan 2 days ago

    AREA 51. ALIENS. PLANES BANNED. wutttttttttttttttttttt.

  • MagMag Officiel
    MagMag Officiel 2 days ago +3

    I know were area 51 is 37°14'07"N 115°47'59"W type that in google Earth

    • MagMag Officiel
      MagMag Officiel Day ago

      BLUEX ok i didn’t Think about that👍

    • BLUEX
      BLUEX Day ago

      MagMag Officiel Just search up Groom lake

  • Karan Vij
    Karan Vij 2 days ago +1

    There ARE flights that fly over the Pacific Ocean.
    Seriously, your lack of research has hampered the credibility of your channel.

  • jgordonyyz
    jgordonyyz 2 days ago

    Terrible. Total garbage

  • xBilliouse
    xBilliouse 2 days ago +3

    Number 3 is NOT TRUE! I once flew from Hong Kong to Los Angeles taking the Pacific route it only took me 12 hours! When I flew from Ont Kong to Los Angeles taking the European route, it took me 17 hours!!

  • hermitcraft fan
    hermitcraft fan 2 days ago

    The north magnetic pole is not at the actual axial pole. So when you go so far north you will magnetically be going south. Like if your mind is blown.

  • Critical Gaming
    Critical Gaming 2 days ago

    You forgot the white house and no fly zone above it

  • Vince Scarpa
    Vince Scarpa 2 days ago

    Oh no here come the flat heads I mean flat earthers

  • Justin Harvey
    Justin Harvey 2 days ago

    School philippines

  • Ezekiel Gaming
    Ezekiel Gaming 2 days ago

    3:26 Tibet is a little bit near The Philippines me Filipino

  • Ezekiel Gaming
    Ezekiel Gaming 2 days ago

    2:59 like if you saw Asia Philippines

  • Norman Maneafaiga
    Norman Maneafaiga 2 days ago


  • faisal alfaifi
    faisal alfaifi 2 days ago

    Too much false facts hhhhhh