My mom works in New York. She survived an airplane crash when younger. Assume cost and travel time are no problems. She prefers paying HER own money and spending MORE time on a stop over flight in Seattle or Vancouver, before flying on to Asia. Her new job may require flying to Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore on commercial airlines. Besides, she likes stopping over in Seattle or Vancouver. She wants to retire there and loves their seafood. She assumes flights from Vancouver or Seattle to Asia fly a southerner route and closer to civilization than flights starting from NYC. Correct?
She dreads Polar Routes, because if an airliner crash lands in the Arctic, survival chance is way lower! Reasons are obvious!!! The frostiness alone can kill you, and Arctic predators like wolves. Unlike Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, there's no abandoned summer resort 21 km east. You can't just hike across Queen Elizabeth Islands or swim Beaufort Sea or Arctic Ocean to civilization! If all your pilots died, you won't know your location accurately enough for rescuers. Rescuers may not know IN TIME if your airliner crashed. Even if they did, they may not find you IN TIME! Rescuers are too far away!