DIA 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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Lucky727 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...
Richierich 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.
Kilavoud 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.
Skysurfer 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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BAViscount 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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