Flying over the Kaaba in Mecca is not banned because of 'magnetic attraction'

Updated on 04/08/2021 at 12:01

Facebook posts claim that it is impossible for planes — or even birds — to fly over the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site in the Saudi city of Mecca, because the site is the "center of magnetic attraction". But the claim is false. Flying over Mecca is prohibited for religious, not scientific, reasons, geophysics experts and civil aviation officials told AFP.