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 • 12 730

    BRIGHT SIDE   2 months back

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

    • AS 10
      AS 10  7 days back

      like 3.5 weeks ago to spain now live here

    • AmarthwenNarmacil
      AmarthwenNarmacil  1 weeks back

      A bit more than a year ago, from Zurich to Vienna.

    • The Cruiser guy
      The Cruiser guy  3 weeks back

      @Offcial. xbeast21 lucky

    • dave bmx
      dave bmx  3 weeks back

      Just flew in to L.A. From London .. have a meeting here mon morning then flying back mon eve 🥴

    • blaster 0416
      blaster 0416  3 weeks back

      I flew over the Pacific Ocean to Australia.

  • Bjørn Norman
    Bjørn Norman  41 minutes back

    I like how the video used 5 minutes to explain that the earth is round and therefore it is a shorter flight through Alaska.

    • Hanna Carter
      Hanna Carter  3 hours back

      Our earth is FLAT. They don't want us to know and so it takes twice as long.

      • Hexium
        Hexium  3 hours back

        I guess this means Pearl Harbor was fake...

        • Preston R
          Preston R  4 hours back

          We need to be able to report and have videos removed for being complete nonsense and lies like this video and pretty much every other Bright Side video. This channel is garbage and full of so much incorrect information.

          • Nick Kennedy
            Nick Kennedy  6 hours back

            Yet they do fly over it depending on the destination

            • SpringHoney
              SpringHoney  7 hours back

              If they don’t go over the Pacific Ocean, how do they fly to Hawaii?
              (Hawaii is in the Pacific Ocean)

              • bonob0123
                bonob0123  9 hours back

                this should have been a 90 second video. 2 minutes tops

                • PuppyLove 913
                  PuppyLove 913  10 hours back

                  ITS A KITTY!!

                  Yes i do like cats a bit

                  • zeit heist
                    zeit heist  10 hours back

                    So that is why people are throwing up in Ecuador!do planes not mind the botom of other oceans!?

                    • Warren Mundell
                      Warren Mundell  12 hours back

                      I have went from Vancouver to China 6 times. Have landed at Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong. All over Alaska, saw Mt McKinly once. It is faster coming home. Usually minus 70 degrees up at 37,000 ft. Vancouver to Beijing is 10.5 hours, to Guangzhou is 14 hours.

                      • Robert Spreadborough
                        Robert Spreadborough  13 hours back

                        because satellites are FAKE

                        • Aesthetic
                          Aesthetic  13 hours back

                          Interesting video. But it's more about geography then about flying and planes.

                          • Ruffy Mt
                            Ruffy Mt  13 hours back

                            2:24 excuse me, what ??

                            • saravana ganesh
                              saravana ganesh  16 hours back

                              If u add subtitle... In english is enough... U ll get double the amount of subscribers.... 😊

                              • Timmie Luna
                                Timmie Luna  19 hours back

                                kindly subscribe to my channel tia 😘😘😘

                                • Andreaplays Gacha
                                  Andreaplays Gacha  20 hours back

                                  They Literally go Through the Pacific Ocean

                                  • --
                                    --  21 hours back

                                    Flightradar24 - go and see with your own eyes planes do fly above Pacific and don't watch this nonsense

                                    • Amped Specialist Electrical

                                      New Zeld

                                      • Thepurple 9
                                        Thepurple 9  1 days back

                                        FlAt EaRtH

                                        • Night Fox
                                          Night Fox  1 days back

                                          This is so demonstrably wrong... like with a simple google search seriously why do you not fact check? There are plenty of flights over the Pacific. Why does this channel exist

                                          • Jesse MaDRID
                                            Jesse MaDRID  1 days back

                                            Your not flying on the outside of earth rather in the inside. I call bs.

                                            • Official Rogue
                                              Official Rogue  1 days back

                                              This is a lie

                                              • Kyla
                                                Kyla  1 days back

                                                cuz Earth is flat

                                                • Kuyadylan The tiktok er

                                                  When will you do face reaveal

                                                  • Alexus Benjamin
                                                    Alexus Benjamin  1 days back


                                                    • Zoe Schilke
                                                      Zoe Schilke  1 days back

                                                      Trip advisor says " technecaly yes most flights between us and Asia fly over the pacific

                                                      • Saniyah Griffiths
                                                        Saniyah Griffiths  1 days back


                                                        • Vivian Nguyen
                                                          Vivian Nguyen  1 days back

                                                          I fly over the the Pacific Ocean and nothing happened 🤷🏻‍♀️

                                                          • LUTFI FIGHT
                                                            LUTFI FIGHT  1 days back

                                                            Di sini nama nya:BRIGHT SIDE
                                                            kalau di indonesia:SISI TERANG

                                                            • Mann mit Bart
                                                              Mann mit Bart  2 days back

                                                              Try flying to New Zealand or Australia. If you fly from Houston you will fly south across Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.

                                                              • Andrew Sanders
                                                                Andrew Sanders  2 days back

                                                                Vc traiu os brasileiros

                                                                • Simsational
                                                                  Simsational  2 days back

                                                                  The flat earth map explains the flights. The globe is in big trouble.
                                                                  How does the jet stream outpace the rotation? The earth is stationary, east west flight times prove stationary earth.

                                                                  • Jeremy Isaac
                                                                    Jeremy Isaac  7 hours back

                                                                    @Simsational Google Earth is accurate. Zoom out all the way. What is that? You could also get a globe that isn't just for display purposes and start comparing distances on it to known distances between cities. You'll find that there's not a single map of a flat Earth that works. The globe does, though. Why do you suppose that is?

                                                                  • Simsational
                                                                    Simsational  9 hours back

                                                                    @Jeremy Isaac Agreed, no map is accurate.
                                                                    But all maps are FLAT. Globes are laughable!

                                                                  • Jeremy Isaac
                                                                    Jeremy Isaac  1 days back

                                                                    Yup. Also, nope. There isn't actually a flat Earth map. No flat map of the Earth is accurate.

                                                                • Dio Brand
                                                                  Dio Brand  2 days back

                                                                  Everything the aviation administrations request is helpful to make sure that passengers will be safe.Alternative,weather,terrain,there are a lot of things we have to consider.

                                                                  • Veronica Gallagher
                                                                    Veronica Gallagher  2 days back

                                                                    Bright Side, could you do a safety vid about CFL lights? Thank you for your wonderful insight on many topics.

                                                                    • Mysterious Roblox
                                                                      Mysterious Roblox  2 days back

                                                                      I have been on tons of flights over the pacific and it was c9mpletely fine

                                                                      • unclest1nky
                                                                        unclest1nky  2 days back

                                                                        Oh boy! Here we go with the Neil deGrassehole Tyson and Bill DeNye the Science lie guy BS! Yeah sure the Earth is an oblate spheroid! And everybody knows this to be true because they saw it on television and they heard some paid government shill to tell everybody it's an oblate spheroid! And they have to keep beating it into your head day after day after day! If you tell a big enough lie and keep repeating it over and over it will eventually be believed! Just look at an equidistant azimuthal projection map(AKA A Gleason's map) and you will see why planes fly the way they do

                                                                        • jamutton
                                                                          jamutton  2 days back

                                                                          Author of the title has either never been to, or perhaps never been aware of the existence of Australia.

                                                                          • Satsang india
                                                                            Satsang india  2 days back

                                                                            I love bright side .grt love from india

                                                                            • Samuel Miller
                                                                              Samuel Miller  2 days back

                                                                              This guys self deprecation isn’t funny and takes away from the content

                                                                              • Levis Andere
                                                                                Levis Andere  2 days back

                                                                                People complaining about the length of the video also include junk info in their end semester essay project 😑😑😑😑😑

                                                                                • UFO Pilot
                                                                                  UFO Pilot  2 days back

                                                                                  This is nonsense.

                                                                                  • Pat Farina
                                                                                    Pat Farina  2 days back

                                                                                    To Hawaii..... RIGHT OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN. When the heck were YOU last flying???

                                                                                    • Cammdc 1
                                                                                      Cammdc 1  2 days back

                                                                                      Nope, nah ah, wrong, no, donkey donkey.. earth flat, gravity not real, earth didn't spins, space fake, sun just light bulbs, moon just painting...

                                                                                      • Contessa Adella
                                                                                        Contessa Adella  2 days back

                                                                                        Jeez this guy trips himself up a lot! Like...suggesting a few hundred miles difference between the biggest and smallest full circumference geodesics...then goes on to show..its just 40 miles.

                                                                                        • Skanzu
                                                                                          Skanzu  2 days back

                                                                                          CHANEL JASNA STRONA.?

                                                                                          • Peta baldwin
                                                                                            Peta baldwin  3 days back

                                                                                            Hey I live in Australia

                                                                                            • Mary Johnson
                                                                                              Mary Johnson  3 days back

                                                                                              This is hogwash. The earth never moves and it's not a ball.wake up we've been lied to from nursery school.