Here's Why Planes Overfly The North Pole But Not The South Pole

Who needs to take that route anyway?

There was a time in history when long-distance flying routes were limited, and the prices were higher. Fortunately now, with technology spreading and getting more convenient, long flight routes have become increasingly popular and affordable.

However, one thing must have made you wonder: When you're traveling at a high altitude in a plane, it's hard to pay attention to what’s going on on the ground; yet aircraft rarely, if ever, overfly the South Pole only in exceptional circumstances. In fact, even flights over the Antarctic landmass are unusual.

Have you ever wondered why this is the case? Well, the South Pole has always had a fearsome reputation, with its cold, icy, mountainous environment which is generally not very welcoming for humans. If you're curious to know why planes fly over the North Pole but not the South Pole, make sure you watch the video embedded above, and as always, enjoy.

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