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 • 10 292

    BRIGHT SIDE   2 weeks back

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

  • Vince Martin
    Vince Martin  5 minutes back

    Literally flown over the Pacific Ocean... multiple times....

    • Ron Martin
      Ron Martin  9 minutes back

      This video started off really good and informative. However our Narrator or publisher got a little tangent going there and made it complicated and really strayed off course! Yes, Pun Intended. A simple, You travel less miles in the arc than a straight line due to the curvature of our planet, would have been sufficient.

      • Hicham Elargeouni
        Hicham Elargeouni  15 minutes back

        That laugh at the end tho

        • Kika Kika
          Kika Kika  15 minutes back

          Your cat is soooo cute bright side💖

          • RenardMorocco On2K
            RenardMorocco On2K  34 minutes back

            It’s bc the earth is flat so it’s faster to go up not east

            • Luna Amore
              Luna Amore  57 minutes back

              Fun Fact: Seat belts will not save you when the plane is crashing to the ground or water.

              • Bassel Shurbaji
                Bassel Shurbaji  58 minutes back

                Because Desmond might forget to push the button again.

                • Creeperboy and friends
                  Creeperboy and friends  59 minutes back

                  Because great circle routes

                  • UniVurse
                    UniVurse  1 hours back

                    Guess my flight home (Live in Hawaii) from Nevada wasn’t real 🤷🏽‍♀️

                    • buttheadgsxr1000
                      buttheadgsxr1000  2 hours back

                      Look at the flat earth map and you’ll know why planes fly the path they do. Don’t fall for these lies.

                      • Niko
                        Niko  2 hours back

                        wake up the earth is not a ball

                        • Ashton-Joseph Grande
                          Ashton-Joseph Grande  2 hours back

                          Why the heck is Cuba at the ladditude of Newfoundland at *7:56*

                          • Corinne Cowper
                            Corinne Cowper  3 hours back

                            Amazing that Qantas and other airlines fly across the Pacific from Sydney to Fiji or Hawaii or even Los Angeles and San Francisco. There's even a route from Sydney to Houston, Texas. This man is a nutcase.

                            • L_C
                              L_C  3 hours back

                              Blablabla... because the earth is actually flat... got it, thanks...

                              • TyRCelto
                                TyRCelto  3 hours back

                                because it would upset the flat earthers by destroying their nonsense theories. 3.....2.....1.......

                                • David Trifiro
                                  David Trifiro  3 hours back

                                  what a load of croc , there are flights from Sydney to LA everyday

                                  • Adrian Antohi
                                    Adrian Antohi  3 hours back

                                    There is at least one direct flight over Pacific between Santiago Chile and Auckland NZ. Google it.

                                    • Deadend 305
                                      Deadend 305  3 hours back

                                      Another reason is you are in the middle of sea and in case of emergency where you gonna land?

                                      And if you crashed, even life jacket cannot save you from 10 meter waves

                                      • 420GLADIATOR
                                        420GLADIATOR  4 hours back

                                        No dude, you are wrong... Because flat earth.


                                        • Plusplusplus
                                          Plusplusplus  4 hours back

                                          Can't stand the Bright Side narration. Could not sound more insincere or dumbed-down

                                          • unsalted667
                                            unsalted667  4 hours back

                                            Actually, the world is flat and stationary. The globe is a lie. It's amazing how far you guys will go to prop up this lie. You should be ashamed of yourself.

                                            • Music Business
                                              Music Business  4 hours back

                                              Cuz the world is flat

                                              • parrotprodigy productions

                                                I always fly to Hawaii from California via the Atlantic Ocean! Please...

                                                • The Cow Milkers
                                                  The Cow Milkers  5 hours back

                                                  This is so fake I’m crying

                                                  • Palm Beach
                                                    Palm Beach  5 hours back

                                                    Bogus channel

                                                    • ColinWatters
                                                      ColinWatters  5 hours back

                                                      Wish I could "unview" some video.

                                                      • Mephilis 78
                                                        Mephilis 78  5 hours back

                                                        Huh, I guess everyone gets to Hawaii and the Philippines by boat only, then.

                                                        • Maninder Sidhu
                                                          Maninder Sidhu  5 hours back

                                                          They do bro, air canada direct flight from Delhi to Vancouver fly over the pacific. See it’s route and then make these type of videos. In fact most of the flights from asia to US or Canada fly over it.

                                                          • Wesley Johnson
                                                            Wesley Johnson  6 hours back

                                                            Fake news

                                                            • dlb83082 DeltaDan
                                                              dlb83082 DeltaDan  6 hours back

                                                              oh by the way - we don't fly over the pacific - not because of flat earth or anthing - thanks

                                                              • Thenix 21
                                                                Thenix 21  7 hours back

                                                                In Australia spiders are the last of your problems it’s the magpies that terrifies us thy come down and swoop you and watch out for the drop bars 🇦🇺

                                                                • fuck off plz
                                                                  fuck off plz  7 hours back

                                                                  I knew this was immediately fake when he mentioned the word “globe”. Once again lies fueled by the government and corporations that run our system. Sad!

                                                                • 85ddrummer
                                                                  85ddrummer  7 hours back

                                                                  I flown Sydney to LA so many times

                                                                  • nAri tHe hErBIvoRe
                                                                    nAri tHe hErBIvoRe  7 hours back

                                                                    Went to Australia aCRoSs the pacific

                                                                    • Red Coyote Jam Garden
                                                                      Red Coyote Jam Garden  7 hours back

                                                                      Because earth is flat.

                                                                      • Dannii Fan
                                                                        Dannii Fan  8 hours back

                                                                        I love that kitty!

                                                                        • ajoajoajoaj
                                                                          ajoajoajoaj  8 hours back

                                                                          The obvious answer is that the world is flat.

                                                                          • Dangic23
                                                                            Dangic23  9 hours back

                                                                            Because flat earth......lol

                                                                            • Jezoo
                                                                              Jezoo  9 hours back

                                                                              This is bullshite

                                                                              • Neal Sausen
                                                                                Neal Sausen  9 hours back

                                                                                Wait doesn’t an aircraft Fly straight relative to the curvature of the planet?! Also don’t we have to fly over the pacific ocean when flying from say Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle, To Hawaii or Australia?! Yeah when a plane gets up to cruising altitude doesn’t it fly straight in relation to the curvature of the severe? Maybe not! I don’t know! Anyone out there know about this?

                                                                                • IGLY Cool ;D
                                                                                  IGLY Cool ;D  9 hours back

                                                                                  My father had a straight flight between Manila and Los Angeles. EXPLAIN!

                                                                                  • gee pastor
                                                                                    gee pastor  9 hours back

                                                                                    Is the earth really spherical?

                                                                                    • SolidSaber
                                                                                      SolidSaber  10 hours back

                                                                                      Planes fly over the North Pacific. Planes from AU to USA fly over the pacific. This vid is AIDS

                                                                                      • Das Boot
                                                                                        Das Boot  10 hours back

                                                                                        The 747 that I was on when we went to Hawaii had hovering capabilities and so we just hovered over LA and let Hawaii come to us. In 15 minutes we all looked out our windows and could see Hawaii slither underneath us then we floated down and landed softly in Honolulu.

                                                                                        • Matthew Reid
                                                                                          Matthew Reid  10 hours back

                                                                                          Since when did the equator pass through China, India, Florida and Mexico?

                                                                                          • Kenneth Reinard
                                                                                            Kenneth Reinard  10 hours back

                                                                                            How about the Flat Earth you chump

                                                                                            • Kenneth Reinard
                                                                                              Kenneth Reinard  10 hours back

                                                                                              You're so much radiation from Fukushima in the Pacific people would be dying and going to CrossFit