Video: Triskaidekaphobia costs big bucks
posted at 10:01 pm on September 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Today’s Friday the 13th, which turns out to be a real bummer for the economy, according to CNN. The economic impact may be close to a billion dollars lost today, especially in the transportation industries. Let’s face it — if you’re even the least bit suspicious, would you want to get on an airplane today?
On the other hand, some enjoy flaunting their lack of superstition — or tempting fate:
Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th?
For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — don’t seem too bothered. Friday’s flight is almost full.
“It has been quite a joke among the pilots” said veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto, who will fly the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki. “I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.”
The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations.
Some airlines, like Scandinavian Airlines, take these fears seriously and don’t have a row 13 on board. However, the negative connotations are a relatively new phenomenon for northern Europeans, and Finnair and other regional carriers like Norwegian and Estonian Air keep row 13.
I’m not superstitious (although I’m never enthusiastic about flying), so that combination wouldn’t bother me. Does anyone really have a problem with the number 13? As much as it’s discussed, I don’t believe I’ve ever personally known anyone with triskaidekaphobia.