JpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4600 posts, RR: 24 Posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5933 times:
I thought of this a few weeks ago, when my friend laughed at me saying my little superstition/ritual was weird and stupid. Since i have been walking aboard airplanes, i have always done the following: Right hand grab the edge of doorway and pat the fuselage several times upon entering. I dont know how this started, just became a little ritual. The only time a forgot to do this was on the CRJ stairs from ORD-MKE. I realized this during taxi, and it actually made the flight a little tense.......:o good thing it was only a 9 minute flight. Anyone have other rituals like this, be great to hear 'em!
B6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 821 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5866 times:
this is what i did a few yrs ago and before...
i use to watch movies that dealt w/ airplane situations (IE: Passenger 57, Final Destination, Turbulence, etc) this sounds really crazy but this made me phycologically think that it won't happen to me. It stopped in '99 when i didn't travel at all for almost 1 1/2 yrs.
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1536 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5837 times:
Right hand grab the edge of doorway and pat the fuselage several times upon entering.
this is eerie. I do exactly the same thing. Other rituals include listening to a particular Hindi song on my walkman during t/o and landing (been doing this for almost 17 years - the cassette has been changed 5 times). I have a set of favourite Hindi songs which I always carry for on-board listening only.
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8682 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5774 times:
Right hand grab the edge of doorway and pat the fuselage several times upon entering
I do that sometimes too, but not in a superstitious way. It's more of a "Hello Mr. Airplane how are you doing today?" type thing. I pat the engine cowl of cessnas after doing the walkaround, as well. Sort of a "you've passed, now let's go fly" deal.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3280 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5767 times:
I have one! I drink LOTS AND LOTS of CHAMPAS!
and i get my friends too also...and then we
usually go to the galley and chat up which ever FA
we think can get us more.
Now ofcourse this depends on the airline! When its
QF, long haul..not an issue because its good stuff
complimentary. But, on AA long haul, it was really
My favourite, I must say, has been United!
They have been exceptionally generious after
visiting the Galley! So, Lets Raise out Glasses to United!
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5687 times:
Personally, I think that anyone who has access to a modern airport served by modern aircraft, and is still afraid of things like "gate 13" or "flight 666", or what have you, is an idiot. Plain and simple. Why the airlines actually cater to these superstitions, which have no more merit than a message obtained from a standard Chinese fortune cookie, is beyond me.
JpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4600 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5639 times:
Most tourist orientated busineses cater to those people who are superstitious. You wount see a 13th floor on many hotels, gate 13 etc. It is pretty silly, i have flown in row 13 many times though!, its drawn to me. It seems that the asian clientel is one of the more superstitious groups of people. The MGM grand hotel tore down their old strip entrance in favor of the lighted lion statue, due to the oriental superstition of the lion being bad luck. Many asians were apprehensive to enter the doors through the lions mouth.
Also, its pretty cool all of you that pat the plane too, im not alone!!
Tavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 868 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 5610 times:
Right hand and pat the fuselage several times upon entering. and i tell the plane Get us fine (in spanish of course i'm columbian)
that's what i do but i don't do it in a superticious way in fact i like to fly,m i'm not so nervous when flying but in fact the fligth in itself is for me a ritual, and i enjoy quite a lot that ritual. So why not pat the plane?
Just put me on any modern airliner and i will be happy, give me more star alliance miles and i will be a lot more happy.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5547 times:
lol thats really funny.. I always knock on the fuselage as i'm stepping in through the door. I guess its more because its there (I like to tap on anything I can get my hands on). I seem to remember us having a discussion about this a long time ago and coming to the same conclusion!
Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5443 times:
I do a weird thing....
Before I enter the plane I slide my first finger down the body of the plane before I get on, and whisper the name of the airline I am flying, and I MUST sit on the right sid eof the plane. I have this weird feeling of being nervous and scared if I fly on the left side. So I ALWAYS book on the right side of the plane.
Sometimea I forget, or am to tired or something but usually when I remember thats what I do.
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3416 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5407 times:
what is it with patting the fuselage to the right of the door? why do we all seem to just do it for no real reason? freaky in a way eh
Oh by the way another ritual for flying for me that isnt my fault and I wish i could stop but for some reason every single time i board a plane I never fail to sit on the god damned seatbelt there, sometimes i even say to myself over and over as i walk down the bridge "i will not sit on the belt i will not sit on the belt", and sure enouf I walk down to my seat, throw my bag in the bin and go sit on the god damned belt...
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 9123 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5366 times:
I always give the fuselage three good pats on the way in as well. When doing so I like to be well ahead of anyone who might be behind me so I can glance to my right and enjoy the down-the-fuselage view of the aircraft.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
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