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Superstitions about flying?

I mentioned to someone that if, a few days before a flight, I stub my toe on the edge of the coffee table or nick myself shaving that I consider it a good sign, that I think of it as keeping the plane in the air -
meaning that I'm using up my bad luck ahead of time, or preventing disaster by making a small sacrifice or paying a small price.

Instead of looking at me like I'm nuts, this person said sure, that makes sense, and now we have a shared secret language item when something goes a little awry we say we're keeping the plane in the air.

When the flight is boarding and I see someone with their foot in a cast or a brace on their wrist, I think of it as good because it means that we've used up our bad luck - surely the gods wouldn't pile on when we've already taken our lumps.
I suppose you could feel the opposite -- this is an unlucky bunch I'm joining for a ride that could use some looking after from above.

What superstitions do you have about transport?

This is on my mind especially after the news stories about the storm in the UK and the scenes of windy landings at Heathrow...

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Well, I guess I better go stub my toe as I fly out to Mexico tomorrow!😬

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I forbid watching the Smithsonian Channel's Air Disasters program in my presence for several months before flights. It really puts those unnerving thoughts on an endless loop for me.

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My superstition is that if I forget to fill my lorazepam prescription, it'll be a stressful flight.

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DH is convinced that I believe that my rosary is the only thing keeping us safe on take offs and landings. It is true that I say a rosary at those times, and it's true that on take off those beads move faster and faster as we leave the ground. I've used that high speed, water cooled (it's from Lourdes) rosary on every flight for 25years and we haven't crashed once.

But really, it's just one of the ways I cope with my aerophobia.

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Not 100% superstitious, but part pragmatic / part superstitious in the way that if I'm prepared for the worst it's less likely to happen...

I always take off and land with shoes on, wallet, cell phone, and passport in my pockets.

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I used to buy hand lotion before every flight at the sundries store in my local airport. The cashier picked up on this and made a comment about it one day. I told her it was for good luck -- I never had a plane crash when I bought lotion before the flight. Then the shop closed during COVID times. No more lotion. Still no crashes. Guess it wasn't the lotion.

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"I'm not superstitious, but I'm, I'm a little stitious."

-Micheal Scott

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It has to be a slow Saturday. This is a whole new way of thinking. I was a day late for the DC-10 that went down in Iowa. It was a last minute change that moved my schedule forward one day. Never thought much about that other than being a little lucky. Things happen that I cannot control so I don't worry or even think about them.

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What about everyone else on the plane - you all go together. Reminds me of an old saying - "when my time is up, its up and I cant do anything about it. But I don't want to be on a plane when the pilot's time is up."

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I used to drive up to our nearby local airport, usually to check the weight of my carry on and also to see if it still fitted comfortably into the ‘carry on bin’ (in case they’d changed the dimensions), usually a day or so before we were due to fly to some European destination from there.

It has become something of an OCD thing now and even if we are flying from another airport I still drive up there a day or too before departure and park in the freebie car park and wander up to the terminal buildings if only to get a whiff of aviation kerosene! It’s worked so far, so I don’t plan to change it!

Ian

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If it has to happen on a vacation flight, please Lord, make it the flight on the way back home!….and the tiniest plane possible. ; )

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Its not really a superstition, but if we hit turbulence, or I'm feeling anxious about the flight at all, I look at all the people around me. Somehow reminding myself that my life is no more important, or less important, than all those strangers makes it easier.

My sister, on the other hand, can't fall asleep on a plane. She's convinced the minute she nods off the plane will go down.

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Maybe it was the Army and the VNam era but I really don't worry about the end. If it happens, it happens and I assume I will not remember it. And I am also reminded that the most dangerous part of any flight is the drive to the airport. Once you are at the airport, you should be OK.

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Here's something that might unnerve those who fear flying. My neighbor saw my husband up on our pitched roof and told me he couldn't watch. I asked him if he was afraid of heights and he said he was. I said, but you're a Captain on American Airlines! How do you handle your fear of heights?! He said, I just tell myself there's a floor.