In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man ends up in the Netherlands. He then calls his friend Happy who picks him up in a private jet and they fly to London to fight the bad guy.

However before they reach London there is a scene where the jet flies over the Dorset coast (there is even a caption saying Dorset so there is no dispute there). What were they doing in Dorset? The movie gives no explanation as to why they needed to go there, and Dorset is not on the way to London from the Netherlands (in fact the quickest route to Dorset would involve pretty much flying over London).

The scene depicts the plane flying over the Old Harry Rocks in a south west direction (old harry points North East). Therefore I think the flight path would have looked something similar to this: enter image description here

I can't remember the name of the dutch town so I have assumed Amsterdam.

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    My theories so far: 1. They needed time to print his new superhero costume so they flew to Brittany first just to kill time. 2. It wasn't actually Dorset, instead it was just one of the Bad Guy's illusions. 3. During the 5 years of the 'blip' a no deal Brexit has occurred and entry into the country from Europe is now illegal. They have to smuggle themselves in across the quietest bit of coast they could find, even though this substantially lengthens their journey. However this raises the question as to how his class mates were able to get there.
    – Stacey
    Commented Jul 14, 2019 at 20:22
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    this question reminds me of the Robin Hood film with Kevin Costner where Robin Hood lands at the white cliffs of Dover, walks along Hadrian's Wall, and arrives at Sherwood Forest
    – Aaron F
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 9:26
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    Because the Dorset coast is lovely! Sod the fate of London, lets go see some fantastic examples of coastal erosion, they were supposed to be on an educational trip after all!
    – Crazy Dino
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 10:09
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    The real question is how did Happy get from New York to Europe so quickly? They even established at the beginning of the film that it's an ~8 hour flight (though that was to Venice, not Amsterdam, still probably comparable). Probably a bit less than that in his super fancy Stark Industries plane, but still not a short trip. But the movie made it seem like he made it there, what, maybe an hour later? Quickly enough that the entire incident (starting from the morning after Peter gave up Edith) took place in one day. Seems a bit unlikely. Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 16:46
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    Brexit was canceled due to dropping to nearly 0% in the polls. The snap took half of everyone more or less randomly, but not in Britain. Thanos' real goal was always to eliminate Brexit by snapping supporters, snapping the rest of everyone to make the universe better was just a cover story. Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 20:51

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This is most likely a goof or an overlooked detail. The only source on Google that mentions "spiderman far from home dorset" is IMDB, and here's what they have to say,

When the Stark Jet enters the UK, the caption states the Dorset coastline. Flying from Amsterdam to London you would cross the eastern coast of England, entering over the coast of Essex but the Dorset Chalk Cliffs are on the South West coastline which is 160 miles away.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) Goofs

I strongly doubt there's anything more to it because of how tiny a detail it is.

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    The chalk cliffs are fairly well-known, and often used in cinema to present a recognisable "you are now entering England" moment to international audiences (of course, the most famous ones would be the White Cliffs of Dover, which are not in Dorset, but hey, they look very similar). My guess would be that this clip was included for a similar reason. It's similar to how the Eiffel Tower seems to be visible from every window in Paris, according to movies. Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 8:36
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    @Chronocidal To be fair, to make Dover plausible, all you'd need is "the official flight corridors go this way" or "minor diversion for traffic/noise abatement" or something. Contrary to common belief, most civil flights don't just beeline point-to-point (even after accounting for great circle routing). Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 9:58
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    @CptEric First, Dorset is highly unlikely to be "over" any flight path - it features Lilliput, not Laputa. Second, with Dorset being on the South-West coast of Great Britain, it is only slightly less likely to be under any East Coast flight plans. Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 12:23
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    Might be a good question for Aviation.SE, but Heathrow is west of London, and you might want to approach it from further west so as to avoid flying over the city, so doing a loop over Dorset might not be all that uncommon. It does mean most of your flight would be over the Channel rather than over land, which is another possible advantage. Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 14:49
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    @DarrelHoffman Prevailing winds in the UK are from the west and aircraft typically land into the wind. On most days, most arrivals into Heathrow come in over central London. Even with an easterly wind, one wouldn't need to travel 150-200km beyond the destination just to turn around, which would almost double the distance flown from Amsterdam. As it happens, flights are landing at Heathrow from the west right now, and flights from the east are beginning their 180-degree turn roughly over Marlow, which means they only get about 20km west of Heathrow. Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 16:16

Airspace is not a free-for-all. Being a responsible pilot, Happy (or, more likely, the AI that's actually flying the plane) would have made sure to avoid restricted airspace, which could be much more expansive in 2023/4 given the damage caused by multiple alien invasions, and Britain's presumably-implemented-by-then exit from the European Union.

Out-of-universe, it might have been be an intentional joke about tourists mis-identifying landmarks (like when Flash temporarily confuses Happy by referring to Tower Bridge as London Bridge in a livestream). The location captions are used for comic effect previously, when they appear as a subtitle to the Dutch gentleman telling Happy which town Peter is in.

However, I think the coastline shown is indeed Dorset, rather than Dover, so it's probably not a joke.

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    @Stacey yeah we've probably got a defence system built right into the chalk. Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 12:40
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    @Oliver_C his goal is to safely reach London while no attack is happening. If he were to fly in restricted airspace he would be “attacking” England and would be the biggest threat at the time. However, a little plane isn’t going to do much damage when you have a giant monster over London about to destroy everything. After the monster attacked, he was able to land in London without worrying about the military.
    – gsquaredxc
    Commented Jul 15, 2019 at 21:24
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    @PaulD.Waite - Why would east of London be restricted airspace, but not London itself? If there are heightened security concerns, why leave the south border open? And one would think that during an attack on London, the authorities would tighten security, making it even harder to enter London airspace without permission.
    – Oliver_C
    Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 7:16
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    It might've still been a joke on people confusing Dorset and Dover - i.e. they got so confused that they flew hundreds of miles out of their way just to get the wrong white cliffs.
    – Martha
    Commented Jul 16, 2019 at 16:46
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    @Oliver_C A no deal brexit wouldn't necessarily mean we would be enemies but we would have left the eu aviation market. bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-45019603
    – Stacey
    Commented Jul 19, 2019 at 6:05

They took a D-Tour (or Happy did in his plane) to go and have a look, I mean the camera did fly over the top, so that wouldn’t be too much of a crazy explication! Also, the Tower of London is made out of Portland Stone (which is from an island just a little further along the Dorset Coast), so if they truly wanted to visit the place properly a trip down there wouldn’t be a bad idea...not to mention you could easily do a D-Tour to Stone Henge and Bath that way too...but that would probably make the film too long for the producers liking to show!

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