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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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    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!

    • AiRsTrIkExXzZ

      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


    • Arlo Lipof
      Arlo Lipof

      Second channels are always a bad idea. If it’s not worthy of your main channel, don’t show it.

    • Geleeuw

      Thanks for polluting for absolutely no reason.

    • LaGabbyBubbles


  • THO games
    THO games

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

  • Ant S
    Ant S

    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.

  • AiRsTrIkExXzZ

    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

  • Leifur Hákonarson
    Leifur Hákonarson

    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) ...

  • Morgaith

    Did they not serve you any inflight meals?

  • Artjom Fuchs
    Artjom Fuchs

    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

  • Chocolat-kun

    So why not take boats?

  • Longimanus

    Awesone! Thanks for this!

  • The Hh
    The Hh

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

  • Nari iii
    Nari iii

    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

  • BlueToadFan913


  • Pierre9323.9

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

  • sorose


  • rjc0234

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

  • Speedcuborian

    Well, what were you expecting?

  • APH Iceland Havens
    APH Iceland Havens

    The unexpected collab we never knew we needed

  • Msteeder13

    this video is for the birds!

  • Samuel Phillips
    Samuel Phillips

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

  • Cossi Cowens
    Cossi Cowens

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

  • Kiba Inuzuka
    Kiba Inuzuka

    0:31 EREN JEAGER

  • Soapy

    Nobody: Tom Scott: That’s a bird.

  • SoySauce Cars
    SoySauce Cars

    1:30 Loganair more like Shortanair

  • Fat Cat
    Fat Cat

    When ur local driver is also ur pilot.

  • EAS Alarm YouTube
    EAS Alarm YouTube

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

  • Edda233

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

  • TheNigel55

    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

  • MrGuinness1974

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

  • CitrusMikasa Gaming
    CitrusMikasa Gaming

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

  • Toxic Sapiens
    Toxic Sapiens

    Jumping in place with your feet is also a short flight.


    Amazing, to say the least!

  • vinish dubey
    vinish dubey

    Scotland 🤩🤩🤩🤩

  • Alan A
    Alan A

    What a waste of taxpayers' money

  • Mc Nonce
    Mc Nonce

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

  • Saki Yoshida
    Saki Yoshida

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

  • Proud Troll
    Proud Troll

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

  • Joof Bing
    Joof Bing

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

  • Reeve Harper
    Reeve Harper

    That pilote must be REALLY good at landings

  • DarkDestroyerGaming

    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.

  • Iznikroc

    why not a helicopter?

  • Arfan Eka Diandra
    Arfan Eka Diandra

    I'll just... get a license thanks

  • Jeffrey Anderson
    Jeffrey Anderson

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

  • Symphony

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

  • Anto7358

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

  • roman niggli
    roman niggli

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

  • Luke Pighetti
    Luke Pighetti

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

  • Mikhail Komorovsky
    Mikhail Komorovsky

    Now those aRe birds

  • dapolarbear

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

  • Gamer_Gaming

    Of course it was

  • Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.
    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    i must MUST try this!

  • William Baxter
    William Baxter

    One flight=One Anime OP.

  • CAT 43
    CAT 43

    Congratulations for your airbus experience

  • Pizzagulper

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

  • Fred Friar
    Fred Friar

    I believe the flight between St Kits and Nevis is shorter

  • haajee1

    If it was in the Netherlands i think the made a foot or bicycle ferry. And on self service i think. But great to see!

  • Juan Baker
    Juan Baker

    Well didnt expect sam doing voicover of tom's plane vlog in a tom scott video without showing any stock footage

  • UnPokemon

    To be fair, what did you expect? :')

  • Kenny


  • DarkXTC

    Letting sam narrate the video was a brilliant idea. THAT's how you do cross channel promotion right^^

  • k w
    k w

    That's not the world's shortest flight. I've done plenty that were nowhere near 2km or 90 seconds long.

  • Mr Real Nobody
    Mr Real Nobody

    No air service No Bathrooms NO co pilot Looks like someones getting 1 star

  • Tuna

    When I heard “logistics” I knew it was wendover

  • maybecomics

    Why can't anyone just be whelmed?

  • Karin

    I'm so focused on the video when the plane is on air, I didn't hear a thing of the explanations.... 😟💦

  • Erin Giron
    Erin Giron

    It’s raining sideways

  • LadyPrincessDiana

    You don't even have time to watch a full safety video in the time it takes for this plane to go to point A to point B 🤔

  • Josefina Lopez
    Josefina Lopez

    The squeamish copper unequivocally boast because mailbox inherently stuff near a woebegone maria. productive, annoyed direction

  • Sinaduel

    Sounds rough Ollie do you have an umbrella?

  • Sayville Tech
    Sayville Tech

    I bet those pilots are the best in the world when it comes take offs and landings.

  • Herik

    This pilot prob has Guinness world record number of commercial take off and landings

  • Vincent Noto
    Vincent Noto

    Island hopping

  • Victoria Marshall
    Victoria Marshall

    OMG a Tom/Wendover crossover episode! Dreams really do come true!

  • Emily An
    Emily An

    the landing...

  • George Geoffrick
    George Geoffrick

    To be fair I didn't listen to a single word of the voice over. I just watched the plane fly across for a mile

  • SAHM

    But why not a helicopter trip between them? (I know Wendover had a video about why helicopter airlines failed)

    • Emily An
      Emily An

      When does the flight start?

  • Dani

    So you made about a video about a flight that was longer than the flight itself.

  • Peter Whitaker
    Peter Whitaker

    Tom....stop talking. why do Americans spoil videos because they love the sound of their own voice.

  • combossss

    I think the best way to make this more cost effective is to reserve the aircraft an hour before departure and pick up passengers that also reserved on that time span. Some buses operate on this strategy here in The Netherlands if the routes are uneconomical.

  • Bluehawk2008

    I watched a Tom Scott video. It was underwhelming.

  • PKMartin

    Am I imagining this? I swear I've seen a Tom Scott video about this exact air service before.

  • 4ever true
    4ever true

    Soooo, why can't they use a small hoovercraft as transportation for connecting the islanders?...

  • OldCountryman

    … meaning people shouldn’t live there, they should leave it to the birds.

  • Max Schmidt
    Max Schmidt

    This must be a pilots hell

  • dinkus stinkus
    dinkus stinkus

    Underwhelming? You still flew through the air at a speed no animal was ever meant to so I think at the absolute worst it was whelming.

  • Harris Keeley
    Harris Keeley

    M a s k o f f w e b. are so the best

  • Harris Keeley
    Harris Keeley

    M a s k o f f w e b are so the best

  • Andrew s
    Andrew s

    My 2 fav youtubers

  • Mr Jukester
    Mr Jukester

    Guess you could call it a "plane ride."

  • Fernando M
    Fernando M

    Greta Thunberg dislikes

  • You're should of learnt grammer !
    You're should of learnt grammer !

    When does the flight start?

  • Coolman

    This is literally half a siege game

  • Mashed Potate
    Mashed Potate

    Now THIS is the greatest crossover of all time

  • Sum Randum Guy
    Sum Randum Guy

    why not just use a boat?

  • Jason Luong
    Jason Luong

    Finally, a flight that is as long as the attention span of an average ISdowns viewer

    • Lako


  • Yaroslav Ivanov
    Yaroslav Ivanov

    Why does Tom Scott look computer generated?

  • Wesley Silveira
    Wesley Silveira

    Narrator of the plane: "Put your bags on... Wait! We don't have space for it, throw it away!! 🤣🤬🤬😠😡"

  • PieceOfKurt

    I wish I was a Sam

  • Stephen Koebel
    Stephen Koebel

    Moody stare into the sky. Check.

  • B&O Operator Fairmont
    B&O Operator Fairmont

    "Welcome aboard Loganair service to Westray. Please relax and enjoy the flight. Please be sure your seatbelt is fastened as we will be landing at Westray in about one minute and Thank You for flying Loganair."

  • SimplyKryptic

    Now, to the weather with Ollie. Ollie? "ITS RAINING SIDEWAYS!" Sounds rough, Ollie.