I took the world's shortest flight. It was underwhelming.

The flight between Papa Westray and Westray takes 80-90 seconds and covers about 2km. Why does it exist? And what's it like? On a rainy day in the Orkney Islands, I went to find out.

Thanks to Sam from Wendover Productions! www.youtube.com/wendoverprodu...

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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    Mánuði síðan

    And that's the last video from the Orkneys! And do keep an eye on the second channel: if all goes well, it'll launch on Wednesday, with the first video proper going up on Saturday!

    • Bruno Kaplan

      Bruno Kaplan

      23 klukkustundum síðan

      Can u make a vid exactly like this but just raw footage and sound. That can truly tell you how short it is

    • Mike


      2 dögum síðan


    • JigglyCupcake


      4 dögum síðan

      Are you sure that is the world's oldest standing house

    • AiRsTrIkExXzZ


      6 dögum síðan

      Wait. It says you wrote this a month ago but this video says it came out 2 weeks ago???

    • I’m Irresponsible

      I’m Irresponsible

      13 dögum síðan


  2. [ᑭᗩҜ] βєןเєשєг

    [ᑭᗩҜ] βєןเєשєг

    Klukkustund síðan

    2:03 That red thing looking kinda sus

  3. Rombout Versluijs

    Rombout Versluijs

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    onward travel is bs, if all feries go from same harbour and because htey are small that makes sense. what a total bs commentary!

  4. Rombout Versluijs

    Rombout Versluijs

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    still make sno sense to use a plane as it 3-6 times more expensive!

  5. Rombout Versluijs

    Rombout Versluijs

    4 klukkustundum síðan

    why is ther eeven a plane, isnt a boat way cheaper?

  6. Regel2008


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    Random video I came up on bc i was intrigued...and then I heard Sam lmfao

  7. oldfrend


    7 klukkustundum síðan

    move over Hawk, Tom is Kirkwall's new champion!

  8. Unmeinks


    8 klukkustundum síðan

    "active airfield" sure

  9. Jane Grassmarket

    Jane Grassmarket

    10 klukkustundum síðan

    Hey Tom, why aren't they Electric Autonomous? = no pilot. How much battery is required for a 2 minute flight and reserves?

  10. Dave Smith

    Dave Smith

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    What did they serve for the in flight meal, and how was it..

  11. muckenschiss


    14 klukkustundum síðan

    U in forza horizon 4

  12. chazz gitzel

    chazz gitzel

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    im getting father ted vibes from this island

  13. Penquai


    20 klukkustundum síðan

    Is it just me or the wind socks color and shape looks like a…. Never mind.

  14. FREAQU


    22 klukkustundum síðan

    You just ruined this tourist attraction

  15. Orthane


    Degi Síðan síðan

    I was really hoping to see them pop out the old WW1 biplane they found crashed in a lake and the local old guy fixed up.

  16. Mark Smith

    Mark Smith

    Degi Síðan síðan

    dur---walk it

  17. Andrew Oliver

    Andrew Oliver

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Was waiting for sam

  18. VidyaStuff


    Degi Síðan síðan

    The flights would be prohibitively expensive and are completely unnecessary when cheaper and less environmentally impactful modes of transit exist... so the government is forcing tax payers to subsidize it.

  19. Sam


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Best combination Wendover and Tom Scott. You know you’re a real nerd when when you think that🤣

  20. boywithadolphin


    Degi Síðan síðan

    Do they serve a meal on the flight?

  21. David Hammond

    David Hammond

    Degi Síðan síðan

    What a brilliant flight - I want to do this! Disappointed no in flight entertainment

  22. Bill Weeks

    Bill Weeks

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Does that really qualify as "still standing"?

  23. Mike


    2 dögum síðan


  24. Beta Prime

    Beta Prime

    2 dögum síðan

    all this and u show us 4minutes and 31seconds of footage we want more minutes

  25. creepachan


    2 dögum síðan


  26. LA-SaintJust


    2 dögum síðan

    I feel like a helicopter would make way more sense and be way cheaper

  27. Channel


    2 dögum síðan


  28. Richard Tan

    Richard Tan

    2 dögum síðan


  29. Hugh Rainbird

    Hugh Rainbird

    2 dögum síðan

    Wot, no inflight catering? Disgraceful!

  30. Hawk


    2 dögum síðan

    Thats too bad

  31. Jacob Ramage

    Jacob Ramage

    2 dögum síðan

    Bro i was not ready for the "its raining sideways". Idk if that was a reference but thats the absolute best moment in family guy tied with the chicken fights

  32. Simon Bondsfield

    Simon Bondsfield

    2 dögum síðan

    When will Americans learn to pronounce ROUTE properly. It's not ROUT, it's ROUTE !!

  33. TheJimprez


    2 dögum síðan

    I took an Ottawa to Montreal flight onve. It took longer to go UP and then descend than the actual flight time from one end to the other. Still cost me a lot of $$$ though.

  34. Nathaniel Offer

    Nathaniel Offer

    3 dögum síðan

    So the worlds shortest flight also has the highest number of take off's and landings per kilometre flown. Given you both took off and landed twice.

  35. AM D

    AM D

    3 dögum síðan

    "Ferries don't have a link to onwards travel" uh how about the car you're in?? This is what happens when you're in Europoor land, the government taxes everything so much you can't afford a car and then they have to pay for a completely uneconomical set of plane flights 🙄

  36. Ricky Rigatoni

    Ricky Rigatoni

    3 dögum síðan

    is there ever a great day to be in the uk?

  37. Xtremer


    3 dögum síðan

    spread the gospel

  38. Goggles Tigerkhan

    Goggles Tigerkhan

    4 dögum síðan

    0:24 Ollie Williams be like

  39. Jasper Cooper

    Jasper Cooper

    4 dögum síðan

    Love Papa Westray I’ve been there twice

  40. Frank Integrity

    Frank Integrity

    4 dögum síðan

    Wow .Thanks for this Tom.I took that flight maybe 27 years ago.Always wanted to return to the Orkneys.

  41. Ollie_Cooki


    4 dögum síðan

    Its not meant to be interesting its meant to be transport

  42. Massiveboy6


    4 dögum síðan

    It's wes-tree not west-ray

  43. Stephane Vermette

    Stephane Vermette

    4 dögum síðan

    Could they save money by only landing to let new passengers on, but letting them off by parachuting them off? ;-)

  44. Satoshi Nakamoto

    Satoshi Nakamoto

    4 dögum síðan

    "Please fasten your seatbe- never mind, the destination has arrived"

  45. Jee IIT

    Jee IIT

    4 dögum síðan

    It's raining sideways !!!!

  46. Logan Edwards

    Logan Edwards

    5 dögum síðan

    How can I buy LoganAir stock😂

  47. Yeetus Deletus

    Yeetus Deletus

    5 dögum síðan

    THAT is ALSO a bird.

  48. sohrab roshan

    sohrab roshan

    5 dögum síðan

    Don’t move 😂

  49. THO games

    THO games

    6 dögum síðan

    You're in Orkney. Go speak ancient Norn and see if anyone can understand :3

  50. Ant S

    Ant S

    6 dögum síðan

    When I was 3, I fell asleep in the airport and woke up as we were boarding. I swear I was in the seat behind you. It was a small pod that went like over a hill, But only for about 10 mins. When I woke up we were boarding the actual plane, so I thought the ride before was the bus to the plane. Disappointed when I found out it was a vision.

  51. AiRsTrIkExXzZ


    6 dögum síðan

    I hope someone makes an airport that’s right next to a country and the plane doesn’t lift off, it just drives to an airport in the other country

  52. Leifur Hákonarson

    Leifur Hákonarson

    6 dögum síðan

    A commercial passenger plane operated by a single pilot? I thought that had been banned long ago (they all have to be married around here) ...

  53. Morgaith


    6 dögum síðan

    Did they not serve you any inflight meals?

  54. Artjom Fuchs

    Artjom Fuchs

    6 dögum síðan

    hit like when u mentioned Sam. Wasn't disappointed when a second later his voice rang out from my speakers. Good job guys! Edit: Didn't Sam already make a video about this? Correct me if I'm wrong

  55. Chocolat-kun


    7 dögum síðan

    So why not take boats?

  56. Longimanus


    7 dögum síðan

    Awesone! Thanks for this!

  57. The Hh

    The Hh

    7 dögum síðan

    The voiceover just didn't work for me, it was rather irritating in fact.

  58. Nari iii

    Nari iii

    7 dögum síðan

    Me: *Lives in America and is scared of flying* Also me: I wanna go there and do that for I can get over my fear of flying

  59. BlueToadFan913


    7 dögum síðan


  60. Pierre9323.9


    7 dögum síðan

    Honestly th bad weather and small airport makes me appreciate the other ones.

  61. sorose


    7 dögum síðan


  62. rjc0234


    7 dögum síðan

    "its a very noisy aircraft" Its a BN2, isn't it?

  63. Speedcuborian


    7 dögum síðan

    Well, what were you expecting?

  64. APH Iceland Havens

    APH Iceland Havens

    7 dögum síðan

    The unexpected collab we never knew we needed

  65. Msteeder13


    7 dögum síðan

    this video is for the birds!

  66. Samuel Phillips

    Samuel Phillips

    7 dögum síðan

    “That is also a bird” -Tom Scott, 2021

  67. Cossi Cowens

    Cossi Cowens

    7 dögum síðan

    I'm guessing there is no in-flight meals available then 🤔😎

  68. Kiba Inuzuka

    Kiba Inuzuka

    8 dögum síðan

    0:31 EREN JEAGER

  69. Soapy


    8 dögum síðan

    Nobody: Tom Scott: That’s a bird.

  70. SoySauce Cars

    SoySauce Cars

    8 dögum síðan

    1:30 Loganair more like Shortanair

  71. Fat Cat

    Fat Cat

    8 dögum síðan

    When ur local driver is also ur pilot.

  72. EAS Alarm YouTube

    EAS Alarm YouTube

    8 dögum síðan

    Who thought that the orange wind thing in the thumbnail was a carrot?

  73. Edda233


    8 dögum síðan

    Its so green... I think even in a place like this it would take me a very long time to get tired of it.

    • Edda233


      5 dögum síðan

      @Frosted Butts I'm from California. For about a month out of the year our hills look almost like this, and for the rest of it everything is brown dusty and drab. Seeing pictures of the UK give me a very strange mixture of simultaneous love of home and longing to go see the world.

    • Frosted Butts

      Frosted Butts

      5 dögum síðan

      Coming from Australia the UK looked so green it feels photoshopped.

  74. TheNigel55


    8 dögum síðan

    As i have never been on a aircraft, don't think i would like it ,think it would scare me well it would not be for long

  75. MrGuinness1974


    8 dögum síðan

    Dont ever use this voiceover bloke ever again!!! anyway it is AEROPLANE not Airplane.

    • Frosted Butts

      Frosted Butts

      5 dögum síðan

      Lmao sod off

  76. CitrusMikasa Gaming

    CitrusMikasa Gaming

    8 dögum síðan

    "Its raining sideways!" Sniper: the wind is at it again Sniper 2: Wait seriously?!

  77. RAM MONY


    8 dögum síðan

    Amazing, to say the least!

  78. vinish dubey

    vinish dubey

    8 dögum síðan

    Scotland 🤩🤩🤩🤩

  79. Alan A

    Alan A

    8 dögum síðan

    What a waste of taxpayers' money

  80. Mc Nonce

    Mc Nonce

    8 dögum síðan

    Holy....some airline safety briefs are more longer than this

  81. Saki Yoshida

    Saki Yoshida

    8 dögum síðan

    WHAT IN THE TOM SCOTT- wait it is Tom Scott nvm

  82. Proud Troll

    Proud Troll

    8 dögum síðan

    Is that really the world's oldest still standing house?

  83. Joof Bing

    Joof Bing

    8 dögum síðan

    This is probably a great flight for pilot training, you get loads of landing practice in just an hour or so 😆

  84. Reeve Harper

    Reeve Harper

    8 dögum síðan

    That pilote must be REALLY good at landings

  85. DarkDestroyerGaming


    9 dögum síðan

    I'd love to fly on the shortest flight the shortest flight I have been on was about 10 - 12 minutes from Vancouver to Victoria and then return to fly back to London then home to The West Midlands. I'm sure a flight to Aberdeen from Birmingham could be done then to Kirkwall then to Papa Westray make it a Day Trip.

  86. Iznikroc


    9 dögum síðan

    why not a helicopter?

    • Frosted Butts

      Frosted Butts

      5 dögum síðan

      Very expensive to run

  87. Arfan Eka Diandra

    Arfan Eka Diandra

    9 dögum síðan

    I'll just... get a license thanks

  88. Jeffrey Anderson

    Jeffrey Anderson

    9 dögum síðan

    I have flown JFK - Oakland - SFO on a DC-10. Also Cancun - Cozumel on a DC-3

  89. Symphony


    9 dögum síðan

    “It’s a bird, it’s a plane!” Tom Scott: “nope 0:31”

  90. Anto7358


    9 dögum síðan

    Good old rise in saturation of the thumbnail image in the hopes of more views. Oh, well...

  91. roman niggli

    roman niggli

    9 dögum síðan

    well, despite all your concerns I think this video wendover quite well :D

  92. Luke Pighetti

    Luke Pighetti

    9 dögum síðan

    I'm surprised that there isn't a shorter flight in the Virgin Islands

  93. Mikhail Komorovsky

    Mikhail Komorovsky

    9 dögum síðan

    Now those aRe birds

  94. dapolarbear


    9 dögum síðan

    Love the combo with Wendover! Are you guys doing revenue sharing for this video?

  95. Gamer_Gaming


    9 dögum síðan

    Of course it was

  96. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    9 dögum síðan

    i must MUST try this!

  97. William Baxter

    William Baxter

    9 dögum síðan

    One flight=One Anime OP.

  98. CAT 43

    CAT 43

    10 dögum síðan

    Congratulations for your airbus experience

  99. Pizzagulper


    10 dögum síðan

    I bet those pilots are really good at taking off and landing. Their job is like a constant speed training run. XD

  100. Fred Friar

    Fred Friar

    10 dögum síðan

    I believe the flight between St Kits and Nevis is shorter