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Odd Rituals You Act Out Before Boarding Or T/O?  
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 25
Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4241 times:

I'll be flying in just two days here. . .which got me to thinking about how I have a simple little act I carry out when I am boarding the plane:

I always make sure I pat the outside of the a/c before leaving the jetway and stepping onboard. I feel almost as if I'm "patting" the airliner to let it know that I trust it will be a "good" airliner and get us to our destination. This just happens to be a habit I got into quite some years ago and find it just a bit odd and humorous. Now, my wife makes sure she sees me pat the airplane and also does it herself! Oh well, anything for reassurance I guess. . .

Anybody else do anything like this. . .or similar?

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User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4217 times:

I usually try to look for the manufacturer's plate, which is in the the door jam. Not that I'm concerned about a plane's age. I'm just curious as to the build date of the aircraft.

User currently offlineAirdolomiti From Germany, joined May 2003, 702 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4208 times:

I also have the habit of patting the fuselage when boarding, for much the same reason as DIA does. Just my affectionate why of "saying hi" to the aircraft that will bring me to my destination  Smile

User currently offlineConvair990 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4202 times:


Funny, I actually do the same thing usually before I board flights as well! I thought I was the only one.  Smile

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User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4201 times:

I also look through the gap in the accordion portion of the jetway, to get a perspective view down the side of the plane...then I do the same thing as you when stepping onboard - but with a knock-knock rather than a pat.

Just a knock for good luck & to be sure it's solidly built - ridiculous, but superstitious...

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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4470 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4186 times:

I always read the emergency instruction card, even though I think I know where the exits are and what to do if we land on water. I will do this even if connecting in a hub and going from one like airplane to another.

I don't think I'm paranoid - its not like I am scared of flying or believe that we will crash. I guess it is just that I feel, in some bizarre way, that if I read the card then I will not need to use it! Even though I don't "pat" the aircraft, I can appreciate the superstitiousness of it.

None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4171 times:

Oh my!!! I tap/pat the outside of the plane too, sometimes I get carried away. Like on the 747, I was rubbing her down!  Wink/being sarcastic

I did think I was the only one that did this too! I also like to have a little peek in the cockpit as you board, love to see the guys up there preparing!


Justin Big grin

User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4163 times:

When I get on my byke I feel safe and do not feel to go through any ritual. Same when I get on a plane, for the simple reason that I am used to fly frequently and on long haul since I am living alternately on two continents.

Cheers. Kilavoud.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3797 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4155 times:

I always touch the outside of the plane when I get on, like Bill Clinton did.

User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

Not odd I suppose, but if I´m travelling with my girlfriend I always give her a kiss before taking-off.

User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

LOL, add me to the list! I almost always give the plane a pat. It's not for superstitious reasons, but just like Airdolomiti said, it's a sort of way of saying "hi" to the aircraft.

I also try to get a glimpse of the flight deck if the door is open.


Long live the A330!
User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

And add me to the list for people who pat the plane before boarding. For reasons I cannot explain, patting the plane is like saying "Hello old girl, get me to my destination safely!"

I sometimes get odd looks from people behind me when I perform this ritual!

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User currently offlineSkysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1145 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4093 times:

I'll admit to patting the aircraft with my left hand as i board.....i also wait untill we're lined up on the runway to fasten my seatbelt. I know i should do it when i sit down after boarding, but i've always waited right untill the end.


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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week ago) and read 4082 times:

Does nobody else here kiss his/her girlfriend/boyfriend before take-off?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7185 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4077 times:

Going to the toilet and taking a piss no matter how empty I am.  Big grin

User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

I'm a plane patter, too!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2498 posts, RR: 47
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4068 times:

Just before take off I do a quick checklist:

Fuel Shutoff in
Alt static in
master on
switches set
seat belts secure
trim set
transponder on/alt
altimeter set
gyros set
gas on both

ready for takeoff!!!

For those who fly a C172 you know what i am talking about


Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineFlymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4044 times:

Yep I pat too and always read the Safety card. I forget to pat the plane a few times before what ever. Also I always try to take a look in the flight deck. Love seeing them get ready too.

"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offline10MID From Singapore, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4024 times:

Before Takeoff:

Flight Attendant - Notified
Bleeds and Packs - Set
Flight Controls - Checked
Brake Temperature - Checked
EICAS - Checked
Transponder - TA/RA
Takeoff Configuration - Checked
Fuel Quantity - Checked
Exterior Lights - On

User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4973 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

Ok, this will sound really wierd, but I actually do talk to the airplane while T/O! It's also due to the fact that I usually fly alone ... i think i'm really losing it!  Nuts

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User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4003 times:

Yep, I give the plane three pats with my right hand while walking through the door. And I always fasten my seatbelt as soon as I sit down - once that's done I reach for the safety card and give it the once-over, no matter how many times I may have flown on that particular aircraft type. Once I've done those three things, I can relax!

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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 4 days ago) and read 4000 times:

I give the airplane two knocks as I enter. A "good flight" to the both of us. Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineScan340 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Interesting to see how many people pat the aircraft before boarding, I honestly thought I was the only one.  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineJerry1011 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

I'm another fuselage patter! Wonder why?

User currently offlineKC7MMI From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 854 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3932 times:

I break out my Sectional or WAC chart.. Yeah baby.

25 Stealthpilot : Hahahah XJRamper I got you!!!!!! Almost the same flows man. Since this is a forum of plane patters count me in. but I admit I don’t do to all the ti
26 Monorail : I didn't realize that everyone else patted the plane before getting on. When I'm on CO, I'll pat whatever award logo they are displaying at the time n
27 AA623BDLSJU : I don't think what I do is odd, but I always give a prayer during take-off and at landing.
28 PNEPilot : Hit the bathroom as soon as I can tell they are getting ready to call pre-boarding (sooner if the restrooms are a long way from the gate). Find my se
29 CXA330300 : Boarding- 1. Greet the aircraft as you would a person, identify registration. 2. Say hello to FA. Go to seat. Sitting- 1. Place boarding card in seat
30 Post contains images Birdwatching : I just got the updated figures for september, and it turns out that US carriers alone spend more than eight million dollars a year for repairs involvi
31 Post contains images Airbus3801 : I think I usually go overboard with mine oh but what the heck Before boarding 1. I say hello to each of the engines and give them names like Charley a
32 Post contains images F9Widebody : I also pat the fuselage. Right hand, always.
33 Zrs70 : I say the "Shema" whenever I land. If I'm doing a mileage rune, that means I often say it four times a day!
34 JFKLGAflyer : I can't believe it! I, too, thought I was the only one who gave the a/c a "pat" before boarding and thought/prayed something to the effect of "Get us
35 Post contains images Q330 : I suppose now we all know how to tell an A.net member if we see them boarding a plane! -Q
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