Why Planes Don't Fly Over the Pacific Ocean


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Published: 2 weeks ago
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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SUMMARY:
- 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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When was the last time you were on a plane? Where did you go?

2 weeks ago

2 years ago, I went to Mauritius!!!

1 day ago

Earth is no ball buddy. That is old news

1 week ago

Catania to Gatwick 17 days ago

1 week ago

Never and never

1 week ago

i went last december to New York

1 week ago

Lies

6 hours ago

Auckland, New Zealand to Vancouver, Canada? 🙄😂😂

6 hours ago

I enjoyed the narration too, big up.

6 hours ago

Nice new intro

6 hours ago

Very well done and narrated. Unfortunately many details are not accurate... could you come up with the version 2.0? thanks, Steve, Airline Pilot and Meteorologist

8 hours ago

I've flown straight over the Pacific Ocean a couple of times to Hawaii. It takes about an over 1 hr longer flying there than flying back. The plane is flying against the jet stream going to Hawaii than flying back with the jet stream pushing you from behind. Besides added fuel consumption, added flight time against the jet stream, more wear&tear on the plane and the safety flying over as much land as possible, its a lot easier taking the route over Alaska as mentioned.

8 hours ago

I'm a flat earther.

9 hours ago

xx

12 hours ago

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.

12 hours ago

Just too wordy

12 hours ago

Nonsense.

13 hours ago

I'm confused

13 hours ago

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

14 hours ago

Misleading title

14 hours ago

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

14 hours ago

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

14 hours ago

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

15 hours ago

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!

15 hours ago

These videos are so cringy

15 hours ago

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

15 hours ago

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

15 hours ago

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

16 hours ago

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

16 hours ago

All lies

17 hours ago

Kitty 😻😻

17 hours ago

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.

18 hours ago

because the earth is flat

18 hours ago

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.

19 hours ago

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.

19 hours ago