Superstitions have not been in the past, in fact, they have passed from generation to generation until they reach aviation. Pilots, airlines and passengers have a series of rituals to follow and superstitions to guide before boarding a plane.
- Bad luck numbers: It is possible that many have not noticed, but there are many aircraft in the world without the row number 13. We all know that this number is associated with bad luck, for this, and for the comfort of passengers, many airlines have decided to eliminate this row; thus preventing the believers of this superstition from being afraid to sit in one of these seats.
- That flight numbers, no! Many airlines avoid using flight numbers such as 13, 666 or 911 because they are considered by some people as “bad luck numbers”, even if the plane is involved in a tragedy, it is likely that the airline will eliminate that flight number forever. , thus avoiding fear and bad memories in the passengers.
- Water baptism: When an airline debuts at an airport, a grand ceremony is organized to welcome them; and among all the activities they perform a “baptism”, which consists of a water bridge generated by two hydrant trucks that are located on the sides of the runway and receive the airplanes.
- Lucky charms: Many pilots and passengers have “lucky charms”, sometimes they seem insignificant objects, but they generate a great security and confidence when flying.
- Exchange of aircraft: Sure you did not know, but many pilots usually exchange planes. They are small aluminum models on a wooden base that represent respect and confidence.
- Applause: In the 70s, it was very common for passengers to applaud as a sign of respect and gratitude to the crew and pilots for completing a flight. Although this custom has been lost, it generates great satisfaction in this staff for knowing that they have pleased their passengers.
These are some of the most common superstitions and rituals in the world of aviation, but if you know any other, we invite you to share it with us by leaving a comment.