Have you ever noticed that the inside of airplanes are HUGE but their windows are tiny? What’s up with that? Well, it turns out there are a couple of reasons…
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Have you ever seen the flight patterns of flights from Japan to the United States? They never go directly across the Pacific Ocean to get to, say, San Francisco. They take a curved pattern that brings them, if not over Canada, then near it.
The same goes for fights between, for example, Los Angeles and Beijing – they take an upward curve route that hugs Canada, Alaska, Russia, etc., before reaching its destination in China.
So what’s up with that? Why don’t planes fly over the Pacific Ocean?
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When planes are flying over land, they are usually watched over by, and keep in contact with air traffic control (ATC). VERY simply put, whichever ATC tower’s jurisdiction/zone you’re in while en route to your destination, that’s who your pilots are in contact with and it’s those ATC officers who tell the pilot where to fly while under their jurisdiction. When they leave that ATC’s jurisdiction, they enter another one’s, and so on and so on, until they reach their final destination.
That system works well while you’re over land – thanks to radar, ATC knows where all the planes in their jurisdiction are, and they’re in contact with said planes to ensure they’re all where they belong and aren’t at risk to smash into each other, go through a storm, etc.
However, a different system comes into play when flying over water, because, well, there aren’t any traffic control towers over the ocean 😉 So this is what they do instead…