Why are aircraft allowed to overfly my home so low?

Most aircraft are not allowed to fly less than 1000 feet, or approximately 300 meters, above residential areas.  In practice, flight paths (which are vertical and horizontal corridors) tend to be much higher above residential areas than 1000 feet.  Occasionally, aircraft have to fly lower than normal due to weather conditions or aircraft weight.  While it may appear that the aircraft is dangerously low, this is rarely the case.

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