If you were boarding a flight to HEL on Friday the 13th would it bother you? We are wondering how many Finnair passengers who boarded flight AY666 to Helsinki noticed and might have been a bit apprehensive to get on the flight today. USA Today reported that passengers didn’t seem too bothered and today’s flight was almost full. But it was definitely noticed by the pilots who were scheduled to fly the Airbus.
The daily flight from Copenhagen, Denmark to Helsinki, Finland falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. And it’s a source of humor among Finnair pilots. The report from USA Today quotes veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto who said, "It has been quite a joke among the pilots who will fly the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki. I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me."
Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations associated with the antichrist who is to appear in the last days. Fox News reports Scandinavian Airlines like many airlines takes these fears seriously and don't have a row 13.
But Friday the 13th seems to be more of a U.S. superstition.The negative connotations of the day are a relatively new phenomenon for northern Europeans, and Finnair and other regional carriers like Norwegian and Estonian Air keep row 13. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the U.S. are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history.
Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in taking flights on this day. Despite this, representatives for both Delta and Continental have stated that their airlines do not suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on Friday the 13th.
We haven’t heard that there were any problems with flight AY666 to Helsinki today and most passengers didn’t even notice. Would you have been a little extra jittery if you had boarded flight 666 to HEL if you were booked in any of the seats on row 13?