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Would You Board This Flight???

Posted by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
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http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/would-you-board-flight-666-hel-8C11144934

Would you board flight 666 to HEL?

Sep. 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM ET

HELSINKI — Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th?

For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — don't seem too bothered. Friday's flight is almost full.

"It has been quite a joke among the pilots" said veteran Finnair pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto, who will fly the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki. "I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me."

The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations.

Some airlines, like Scandinavian Airlines, take these fears seriously and don't have a row 13 on board. However, the negative connotations are a relatively new phenomenon for northern Europeans, and Finnair and other regional carriers like Norwegian and Estonian Air keep row 13.

"Less than 100 years ago, the number 13 did not have this sinister meaning; it's quite recent in the north," said Ulo Valk, professor of comparative folklore at the University of Tartu in Estonia.

"There are 12 hours, 12 months and in Christianity 12 apostles and this is a divine number. Add one more and it brings in a certain element of chaos," he said.

But passengers on flight 666 to HEL should have a calm flight over the Baltic at this time of year.

"It's hopefully smooth skies" says Keidasto. "And if there's some passenger who is anxious about this 666 our cabin crew is always happy to help them."

by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
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stringtheory
by Gold Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Lol, I'm glad they found a pilot.
romalove
by Roma on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM
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Quoting stringtheory:

Lol, I'm glad they found a pilot.

I'm only surprised my husband didn't gift this to me.

lga1965
by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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 LOL, yes I would. I'm not the least bit superstitious.

That's funny!

DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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I'm a nut about flying to begin with. They would have had to hook me up to an IV to get on that plane. Lol funny thing is the 13th (Friday the 13th in particular) is a reoccurring positive in my house! Lol 

that just weirdos me out. Totally illogical, I know, but I HATE flying and that would put the nail in it. 

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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LOL Yeah...I'd get on it and then tell the story for years to come.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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That's what I was thinking. And when I retold it there would eventually be dragons flying outside the window along wih us.

Quoting NWP:

LOL Yeah...I'd get on it and then tell the story for years to come.

Its.me.Sam.
by Gold Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM
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yes.
i dont believe in the devil or hell lol.  and i am not superstitious. 

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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Oh, what the HEL... Why not?
quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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I'd take a pic under the boarding sign and text it to everyone. Its hilarious!
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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This would be my story....And I'm sticking to it!


Quoting LauraKW:

That's what I was thinking. And when I retold it there would eventually be dragons flying outside the window along wih us.

Quoting NWP:

LOL Yeah...I'd get on it and then tell the story for years to come.


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