Why Planes Don't Fly Over Antarctica

  • Published: 07 September 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 • 3 162

    BRIGHT SIDE   2 weeks back

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

    • canmield
      canmield  2 days back

      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  2 days back

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

    • Kun Shang
      Kun Shang  2 days back


    • Skye Panda
      Skye Panda  2 days back

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

    • chessten
      chessten  2 days back

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

  • Linzo 91
    Linzo 91  1 hours back

    Nr #3. So wrong. Search for Grid Navigation! That how they navigate over the poles. Also the magnetic north not at the north pole but just east of north Canada.

    • guy dorian
      guy dorian  7 hours back

      Bermuda triangle

      • Angel Zavala
        Angel Zavala  8 hours back

        Planes aren't allowed to fly over or land on North Korea.

        • Bob Taylor
          Bob Taylor  9 hours back

          Are you freaking kidding me! WHat an absolute Joke! maybe you should title it, agenda lies and planes from the 1940's

          • Galaxy Sloth
            Galaxy Sloth  12 hours back

            I guessed Area 51

            • Sean Lyder
              Sean Lyder  12 hours back

              what's the world in looking for... oh yeah, lame.

              • Mayur Chaudhary
                Mayur Chaudhary  12 hours back

                Lie. This is lie. I flew air China form new York to bejing, exactly over north Pole

                • Yang Nian
                  Yang Nian  14 hours back

                  Why does Mecca 🕋 has a stronger gravity?

                  • Strong Delusion
                    Strong Delusion  17 hours back

                    Planes don't fly over the center of earth because Mt Maru the (Magnetic Center) of "Flat Earth" and our Government have a treaty with the occupants/fallen ones of the area known as the N.Pole?, and also because compasses don't work there! Their is no Antarctica, that is a bald face lie! Wake up, quit falling for the MSM/TPTB/luciferians lies, leave the Programming behind, leave the Matrix and the lady in the Red dress!

                    • dragoncult666
                      dragoncult666  17 hours back

                      'They' are afraid we'll see the edge of the earth and discover the truth.

                      • Caleb Doyon
                        Caleb Doyon  18 hours back

                        AREA 51 RAID IS TOMORROW

                        • The Dusty Shredder
                          The Dusty Shredder  18 hours back

                          Wings do NOT generate lift via pressure differential. If they did, wings would be larger to create as much of a differential as possible, and planes would be far more efficient. Instead, they are not. The reason for this is in the name of the craft itself! Plane! The wings are actually a very fancy inclined plane. The angle of the wing relative to the fuselage is called the angle of attack, and it is THIS that creates lift. At the angle of attack, the wing pushes the air down under the plane, pushing the plane up. However, this also creates drag. The higher the angle of attack, the more drag is created due to vortices.

                          The only time pressure differential has anything to do with lift is once the plane is at maximum cruising speed. At that point, the wing only has to keep the plane in level flight, and so the angle of attack becomes so minimal, the curvature of the wing actually provides most of the lift that is needed.

                          Also, have you ever wondered why most airplanes have a vertical stabilizer? It is actually because of the wing. You see, the plane is controlled by flaps called control surfaces. When these surfaces are used, they create drag. There is more drag when the flap moves up than when it moves down. At the wing, this causes yaw, which the pilot then has to correct using the rudder. Efforts have been made to reduce this, and fly-by-wire systems now automatically adjust the rudder during a bank.

                          • Para Sukan
                            Para Sukan  18 hours back

                            I ❤bright side

                            • Naa'ilah Abraham
                              Naa'ilah Abraham  19 hours back

                              It is not Mecca it is Makkah

                              • Kim Zastrow
                                Kim Zastrow  22 hours back

                                Why don't you put an aluminum can in the freezer for too long....

                                • philip helman
                                  philip helman  22 hours back

                                  ...lol...don't drink the kool-aide kids..that's not why, the "powers" in charge of the world don't want anyone to see what's really there.

                                  • Jonny B guud
                                    Jonny B guud  22 hours back

                                    It's very simple sheeple, the earth is flat

                                    • Chey Barnfather
                                      Chey Barnfather  1 days back

                                      Planes have no problem flying right over the top over my house every 5 minutes

                                      • Iqbal Pradana
                                        Iqbal Pradana  1 days back

                                        only google can fly above those location :D

                                        • DRT2OILFM B
                                          DRT2OILFM B  1 days back

                                          So many incorrect things in this video lol

                                          • Anderson Li
                                            Anderson Li  1 days back

                                            i flew to china going on the pacific because i was in california

                                            • Ana Krstić
                                              Ana Krstić  1 days back

                                              NO ONE TALKS ABUT SERBIA!😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠😠

                                              • 66holt
                                                66holt  1 days back

                                                i find your voice everywhere and find it highly compelling :)

                                                • Sri Harish Narasimhan
                                                  Sri Harish Narasimhan  1 days back

                                                  If the facts are true, are planes allowed to fly over the Bermuda Triangle? Please let me know.. .

                                                  • Hemanth Kumar
                                                    Hemanth Kumar  1 days back

                                                    There is a place in India called TIRUMULA..... Not a flying zone

                                                    • Leandro Rafael Bayonito

                                                      So the US Airspace has the majority of flight restrictions to consider for all air flights?

                                                      • Vera Stella
                                                        Vera Stella  1 days back

                                                        cuz the earth is flat???

                                                        • Md Shafiqul Islam
                                                          Md Shafiqul Islam  1 days back

                                                          you know nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                          • j s
                                                            j s  1 days back

                                                            Depends on jet streams and the time of year

                                                            • Benjamin Frasure
                                                              Benjamin Frasure  1 days back

                                                              I'm pretty sure that air force one can fly over camp David...

                                                              • Jeremee Canillo
                                                                Jeremee Canillo  1 days back

                                                                Sub to bright side

                                                                • building muscle
                                                                  building muscle  1 days back

                                                                  Bermuda 🇧🇲 triangle ?

                                                                  • Meenakshi K
                                                                    Meenakshi K  2 days back

                                                                    looks like U.S.A is no fly zone

                                                                    •   2 days back


                                                                      • Mr. Popo
                                                                        Mr. Popo  2 days back

                                                                        1:30 The longest flight in the world, New York-Singapore flys over the north pole so yes they are allowed. And the north pole aka True North is not where magnetic north is. Magnetic north is currently in Siberia.

                                                                        • Brandon Hanson.
                                                                          Brandon Hanson.  2 days back

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

                                                                          • Pete B
                                                                            Pete B  2 days back

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

                                                                            • Census
                                                                              Census  2 days back

                                                                              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  2 days back

                                                                                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  2 days back

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

                                                                                  • Dorothy Gale
                                                                                    Dorothy Gale  2 days back

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

                                                                                    • hornswoogle2012
                                                                                      hornswoogle2012  2 days back

                                                                                      You forgot the White House Is also a no fly zone

                                                                                      • Pax Christus
                                                                                        Pax Christus  2 days back

                                                                                        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  2 days back

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

                                                                                          • RESPONDI433
                                                                                            RESPONDI433  2 days back

                                                                                            Smash my thumb ! This video is epic !

                                                                                            • Nicholas Nielsen
                                                                                              Nicholas Nielsen  2 days back

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

                                                                                              • FLA-TEXAN
                                                                                                FLA-TEXAN  2 days back

                                                                                                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