Flight #666 Heads to HEL on Friday the 13th
Flyers don’t seem to be bothered by flight 666 from Copenhagan to HEL (Helsinki) as they board on Friday the 13th, considering it’s almost full.
"It has been quite a joke among the pilots" Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said. “I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me."
Some airlines, like Scandanavian Airlines, take superstitious fears to heart and don’t have a 13th row on board.
Airlines like Finnair and other northern European lines have kept row 13.
According to professor Ulo Walk of comparative folklore at the University of Tartu, the fear of number 13 is a fairly recent belief in the north.
"There are 12 hours, 12 months and in Christianity 12 apostles and this is a divine number,” Walk said. “Add one more and it brings in a certain element of chaos.”
The passengers of flight 666 are expected to have an easy flight over the Baltic at this time of year with smooth skies.
Anyone with concerns can request help from the cabin crew, according to Keidasto.