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Any Flying Superstitions/rituals?  
User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 27
Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5278 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!


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User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5250 times:
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User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 818 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5211 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.

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User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1516 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5182 times:

Right hand grab the edge of doorway and pat the fuselage several times upon entering.

JpetekYXMD80

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.

rgds//Vimanav



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User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

Right hand grab the edge of doorway and pat the fuselage several times upon entering

How neat, I do the exact same thing!

Usually, a short/silent prayer of safety or a whispered "in the name of Jesus" type thing to accompany it.

...never thought others did any of that.


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8308 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5119 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.



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User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3217 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5112 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
hard work.

My favourite, I must say, has been United!
They have been exceptionally generious after
visiting the Galley! So, Lets Raise out Glasses to United!


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5555 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

My favorite ritual? Follow the checklist in its entirety. Then, cleared for takeoff, I check (one more time), transponder on ALT, controls free, vacuum in the green and trim set for takeoff.

Then I fly!



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User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5037 times:

I pat the top of the entry door as I board the A/C

When I had less that healthy attitudes I could be found downing quarter pounders and chain smoking.



User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5033 times:

me too , i tap the fuselage upon entering twice, have done it on every flight i can remember!

Ryan



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5032 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.



User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5006 times:

lately, I've been wearing the same pair of J.Crew boxers that have an airplane theme on them, and when I fly jetBlue I always wear my jetBlue T shirt underneath.


User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4984 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!!

-justin



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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4980 times:

LOL! I ALWAYS touch the outside of the plane by the door before I enter the plane. If I forget, I feel really nervous. I also say a prayer as the engines spool up for take off.

UAL747


User currently offlinePolnebmit From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 4977 times:

I've been in flights where passengers refuse to sit in Aisle 13, so some airlines have taken aisle 13 off some of their ac.

So am I sitting in aisle 22 or is it actually 21?  Smile


User currently offlineTavong From Colombia, joined Jul 2001, 836 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4955 times:

Right hand and pat the fuselage several times upon entering. and i tell the plane Get us fine  Smile (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?







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User currently offlineTheevidence From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4939 times:

wow...well, i also touch the outside of the plane whenever i board...just place my palm on the skin of the plane as i board...

that's funny so many other people do the same thing..

te


User currently offlineJumboBumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4899 times:

I also tap the fuselage on the way in a few times. Once I got married I started doing it with my ring finger to hear the tapping!

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4892 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!

User currently offlineRayBolt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4873 times:

i do the same thing, pat the right side of the fuselage right before i enter the aircraft. i dunno how it started, just do it every time.


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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

fucking freaky... as Im walking on I ussually reach over to the right at give the fuselage a pat or 3, Not for any real reason, dont really think bout it, I just do it... But I'm not alone!!!!

CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4788 times:

Well


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.

Alex.



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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

Just like a bunch of you, I always touch the fuselage. I do it when I'm getting on and when I'm getting off. There isn't really any reason for me, I just like to do it.

-Airplanetire


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4752 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...

CanadianNorth



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8181 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

LOL!

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.  Smile



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25 Post contains images Olympic A-340 : Well I'm usually one to go against the status quo, but I too tap the airplane before I enter the plane. Also when I fly the Cessnas and Duchesses, I t
26 Saab2000 : When we receive Take-Off Clearance I always push hard on the control column. I know that this is not superstition because our throttles are locked if
27 ACEregular : I don't go in for patting planes like you guys, but I ritually l say a little pray in my head whilst we are pushing back, and its always the same. My
28 Buckfifty : I make sure I always wear my underpants. May come in handy one day, containing the potential area of soiling to a specific area, and not on my preciou
29 Flairport : i hae rituals at FLL and ATL airports at FLL I'll eat at Sparro and go to gate D6... it was the gate my dad came into every friday and went out of eve
30 WestJetYYZ : I think it's quite funny, how many people do it... I do too, also pat the fuselage with my right hand as I enter. Even do this when I'm not flying. Wh
31 Ntspelich : Get there super early and take lots of pictures. NS
32 Post contains images AA777 : "Right hand grab the edge of doorway and pat the fuselage several times upon entering" Okay that is CRAZY, I seriously thought I was the only person w
33 Wedgetail737 : I try to fly an international carrier when I fly international.
34 Post contains images Goose : I don't fly regularily, but I've worked with aircraft as a ramp agent for a while, quite a few times a day. A habit I had a while was to place a coin
35 Post contains images Happy-flier : I'll never forget it. It must have been like 1979 or something, me just a little kid back then. Upon boarding an Air Canada DC-9, I stuck a little Del
36 UPSfueler : LOL, Hey MAtt D, at ORD we(UAL) dont have a gate 13 (B or C concourse)or a claim area 13. Just thought id prove how UAL is with all that.
37 DL_Mech : I'm surprised that nobody checks the aircraft data plate on Douglas aircraft......Lookin' for that 1966 build date. If a plane is really old or has ha
38 Pmk : Okay, I always take something from my previous trip with me, usually the boarding pass. Or the hotel key holder, or something like that. And I used to
39 Accidentally : Yeah...I take a leak.
40 Tsentsan : I'd "pat" the aircraft prior to going into the cabin too! One other ritual is to always reach for life jacket under the seat, find it and make sure it
41 JGPH1A : I always try to board first, and always look to see the aircraft rego/name (for the logbook). Also look at the constructors plate inside the door to c
42 Kempa : Superstition? No... but I always have the Wayfarer's Prayer in my wallet. As I board the plane, I always smile and greet the FA. When I leave the plan
43 Vkstealth : I pat her on the fuselage a couple of times and pray for her and for me!!
44 HlywdCatft : I take a leak before I get on the plane, that is my ritual. One time I was in a hurry to catch my flight and it almost cost me. I was flying MCO-ATL o
45 L1011Fan : Wow, this is a bit eerie. I *always* put my right hand on the fuselage before I step into the plane. I can't believe how many people do the exact same
46 Post contains images Ramme : Wow... the paint must be worn of the airplanes with all that tapping Next time I board, I'll check for a rusty spot to the right of the entrance )
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