Why Planes Don't Fly Over the Pacific Ocean

  • Published: 30 September 2019
  • Why do airlines avoid the Pacific Ocean? You might think it was a safety issue. The Pacific is the largest and deepest of the world’s oceans. If a plane encounters a problem over a seemingly endless and bottomless pond of water, the pilots are going to have a rough time finding a safe spot to set her down.

    Guessing that it is a safety precaution wouldn't be entirely wrong. When planning a route, many pilots prefer to maximize the number of airports along their path. Emergencies are incredibly rare relative to how many planes take to the skies every day. That said, it isn’t the main reason airlines tend to avoid making a straight shot east to west...

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    - When planning a route, many pilots prefer to maximize the number of airports along their path.
    - Excluding special circumstances such as passing through the jet streams or other meteorological concerns, the fastest route is almost always the one closest to a straight line.
    - On a 2D map, making a giant rainbow to avoid the Pacific Ocean looks like a much longer route. But since the Earth is a sphere, a straight line is going to look very different in three-dimensional spaces.
    - The combination of the two factors, the curvature of the Earth and its extra equatorial width, mean that curving toward the poles is a shorter distance than flying (what seems like on a map) “straight” across!
    - Another reason planes will sometimes brave an oceanic voyage is to take advantage of the smoother ride. Even in clear weather, there’s much less turbulence over water than over land.
    - The other primary consideration for determining flight paths are air currents, namely the jet streams. These high-altitude air currents exist near the top of the troposphere.
    - There are 4 main jet streams, 2 in each hemisphere, and thanks to the Earth’s rotation, they mostly flow west to east.
    - Flying with a jet stream can shave several hours off of a trip, but flying into it can slow the plane down considerably.
    - It’s also worth noting the risks associated with jet streams. The biggest hazard is a kind of turbulence known as clear-air turbulence, which occurs along the edges of the streams.
    - The jet stream mostly affects things tens of thousands of feet in the air, and the curvature of the Earth doesn’t really matter unless you’re traveling hundreds of miles per hour over vast distances.

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Comments • 9 639

    BRIGHT SIDE   2 weeks back

    When was the last time you were on a plane? Where did you go?

    • Danny Ip
      Danny Ip  1 days back

      2 years ago, I went to Mauritius!!!

    • intent full
      intent full  7 days back

      Earth is no ball buddy. That is old news

    • Landy Andy
      Landy Andy  1 weeks back

      Catania to Gatwick 17 days ago

    • lorenzo dessoy
      lorenzo dessoy  2 weeks back

      Never and never

    • Rihana Ahmed
      Rihana Ahmed  2 weeks back

      i went last december to New York

  • Ambient Kitty
    Ambient Kitty  39 less than a minute back

    God, you sound so patronizing like you're talking to a 2 year old...your voice is also very annoying. lol. It's a simple topic that could be explained in less than a minute but you managed to elongate it into almost a 10 minute babble.

    • Boosters Social
      Boosters Social  23 minutes back

      Just too wordy

      • Happy Plucker
        Happy Plucker  47 minutes back


        • Irene Redoblado
          Irene Redoblado  1 hours back

          I'm confused

          • Ash Jackson
            Ash Jackson  2 hours back

            I guess Eastern Australia to California flies through a black hole then. Hilarious!

            • GLR
              GLR  2 hours back

              Misleading title

              • Scotty Homer
                Scotty Homer  2 hours back

                I live in New Zealand and fly to LA all the time in a direct diagonal path... over the Pacific Ocean.

                • R Thiruchelvan
                  R Thiruchelvan  2 hours back

                  Wrong information...do u know abt great circle route?

                  • Freddie Cortinez
                    Freddie Cortinez  3 hours back

                    Sphere is a plate so plates ar flat now you cant stand a plate up so the the earth is flat just saying

                    • Benjamin Aiken
                      Benjamin Aiken  3 hours back

                      This video sucks. The title should be why planes don't fly over the ocean in between the USA and Japan, not the in general!

                      • Brenton Welty
                        Brenton Welty  3 hours back

                        These videos are so cringy

                        • idont thinkso
                          idont thinkso  3 hours back

                          The earth is flat. This is their “explanation” as people start waking up.

                          • DnA
                            DnA  4 hours back

                            Verbal diarrhea. This bloke could turn a bus ticket into "War and Peace".

                            • James Cabarr
                              James Cabarr  4 hours back

                              I'm here for the kitty! =^^=

                              • Dave Johnson
                                Dave Johnson  4 hours back

                                It's called the great circle route. Look it up.

                                • Stars Are Angels
                                  Stars Are Angels  5 hours back

                                  All lies

                                  • Linda Bee Everywhere
                                    Linda Bee Everywhere  5 hours back

                                    Kitty 😻😻

                                    • epicwolf
                                      epicwolf  6 hours back

                                      I guess this video never heard of Philippine Airlines. Last time i flew to the Phillipines they show the actual route and we did fly across the pacific ocean straight. Never fly to Alaska.

                                      • jupiter music
                                        jupiter music  6 hours back

                                        because the earth is flat

                                        • nelson santin
                                          nelson santin  7 hours back

                                          hahahahaha thanks for the many laugh I got from reading all comments. I had the best 20 minutes of my life. Great videos as long as ppl comment.

                                          • Joe Smith
                                            Joe Smith  7 hours back

                                            All those flights to Hawaii, Australia, and the South Pacific must me illusions. Thanks for clearing that up! I’m a pilot too by the way.

                                            • Marco Burdi
                                              Marco Burdi  7 hours back

                                              On a Flat Earth model it's a straight line over Alaska towards asia.. Truth..dont feed into this lie.. How do you save oil going the long way. Lying straight to our faces.. It should take half the time on a return trip.. Look at Flight Tracker website. All flies in the southern hemisphere are invisible.. Very true

                                              • Desmond Jordan
                                                Desmond Jordan  7 hours back


                                                • Jeff
                                                  Jeff  7 hours back

                                                  This can be reduced to a five second video: "The route over Alaska is the shortest one." + show a globe. QED.

                                                  • Scott Richmond
                                                    Scott Richmond  7 hours back

                                                    so..........nobody flies to Hawaii? Like ever?

                                                    • Steven Mutumbo
                                                      Steven Mutumbo  8 hours back

                                                      We cant run all walk or run like but but planes not a joke missed my meal but thanks to thhem they served me latter only one was eating

                                                      • Ramiro R
                                                        Ramiro R  8 hours back

                                                        I made myself that question when I flew to Tokyo!? I had my suspicion, now I confirmed it with this video, keep up the great work Bright side!!

                                                        • jutubaeh
                                                          jutubaeh  8 hours back

                                                          if videos like this xcyste yör civ häth phaiL€D X

                                                          • Parker Hein
                                                            Parker Hein  8 hours back

                                                            I guess no one has ever been to Hawaii before or left
                                                            P.S.- flying is the safest way of travel so the odds of the plane engines going out over the middle of the ocean are insanely slim

                                                            • Sam Chardon
                                                              Sam Chardon  8 hours back

                                                              9:09 that giggle frightens me

                                                              • Mister Mind KE
                                                                Mister Mind KE  9 hours back

                                                                This video is only HALF true; the one single FACT that's not being admitted here is that the EARTH IS FLAT. There's NO CURVATURE on this earth. Water remains LEVEL. The earth is NOT spinning. NASA lies, and so does mainstream "science". Jehovah Elohim created this earth and everything that exists. The Bible is FACTUAL and ACCURATE about this earth. Don't believe me, RESEARCH FLAT EARTH.

                                                                • Kwaysar
                                                                  Kwaysar  9 hours back

                                                                  I've flew on non-stop routes from Seattle to Tokyo/Incheon.


                                                                  • Thomas K
                                                                    Thomas K  10 hours back

                                                                    Wow, like this if you agree!!👇

                                                                    • Higzy Teflon
                                                                      Higzy Teflon  10 hours back

                                                                      So much disinformation in a 9 minute video. I'm actually impressed!

                                                                      • Josep Duran
                                                                        Josep Duran  10 hours back

                                                                        Yes there is something about as stressful as losing an engine over the ocean... flying VFR in a single-engine plane at night and losing your engine.

                                                                        • Guy Man
                                                                          Guy Man  10 hours back

                                                                          Correct me if I’m wrong but... I’m pretty sure the route from LAX to Sydney is over the pacific... and to Japan, and Singapore... and Hawaii. So this video must be false

                                                                          • Travis Marinello
                                                                            Travis Marinello  10 hours back

                                                                            Vpns from Colorado jump to Czech republic to go to Singapore.
                                                                            Makes no sense

                                                                            • Nathan Smith
                                                                              Nathan Smith  10 hours back

                                                                              insufferable commentary. 14k+ people (and I) agree.

                                                                              • a guest
                                                                                a guest  11 hours back


                                                                                • Junelle Funtalva
                                                                                  Junelle Funtalva  12 hours back

                                                                                  Philippines airline: really?

                                                                                  • MaryStewart
                                                                                    MaryStewart  12 hours back

                                                                                    the japanese empire owns the pacific ocean!

                                                                                    it's protected by gundams!

                                                                                    amuro told me! and char/quattro!

                                                                                    • Unmasking Evil
                                                                                      Unmasking Evil  12 hours back

                                                                                      The Earth is Flat!!

                                                                                      • Greg Hudson
                                                                                        Greg Hudson  12 hours back

                                                                                        This is the DUMBEST video I've ever (partially) watched. How do they think planes fly from LAX to Australia? Certainly not via Alaska that's for sure. They fly over the Pacific, that's how. IDIOTS !!!

                                                                                        • avBToo
                                                                                          avBToo  13 hours back

                                                                                          Nice graphics, extensive research, smooth presentation.... and you still got the conclusions wrong. Sad. Great Circle Route is the term you needed. Known since the mid 1500s.

                                                                                          • TheElectrixPunch BG
                                                                                            TheElectrixPunch BG  13 hours back

                                                                                            My last and only time I were on a plane was from Varna to Sofia in Bulgaria (my country)

                                                                                            • herbbearingseed
                                                                                              herbbearingseed  14 hours back

                                                                                              The only reason the planes don't fly much over the Pacific is because the earth is flat and the north pole is the center. Look on any flat earth map and you will see a straight line from NA to Asia which passes Alaska.

                                                                                              • Kevin McCauley
                                                                                                Kevin McCauley  14 hours back

                                                                                                cuz it is not a ball as you say