This Video Explains the Reason Why Planes Avoid Flying Over the Pacific Ocean

You might think it's for security but that's not the main reason.
Loukia Papadopoulos

You may have noticed that plane paths tend to avoid going over the Pacific Ocean. This may seem like a safety issue.

After all, the Pacific is the largest and deepest of the world's oceans. If a plane encounters a problem over it, the pilots will have a rough time finding a place to land.

So if you guessed security, well you're not entirely wrong. When planning a route many pilots prefer to maximize the number of airports on it as a security measure.

However, it isn't the main reason why planes avoid the Pacific Ocean. The real main reason has to do with saving fuel and time.

After all, airplanes are a business and businesses depend on profitability. How does this reason work? Well, we won't tell you that as BRIGHT SIDE does a great job of explaining it in this video.

Make sure to watch it and learn the real main reason airlines avoid the Pacific Ocean.


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