Why airways dont have a 13th row

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Airline passengers are a superstitious bunch. Many vacationers partake in sure superstitious rituals when flying, notably when boarding and upon takeoff. You will have observed somebody touching the plane upon boarding or making a hand gesture that resembles the signal of a cross. Possibly you may have a fortunate sweater or would by no means flying on an alleged unfortunate day like Friday the 13th. Superstition is available in many varieties.

United Airways flight displaying no row 13. Picture by Summer season Hull/The Factors Man.


Across the globe, flyers are crammed with quirky superstitions (just like the man that tossed cash into the airplane engine for good luck) that alter the way in which they journey – utilizing self-coping mechanisms that present them with slightly peace of thoughts. Airways world wide are cognizant of those superstitions and due to this, a number of should not have a 13th row on their planes because of the stigma across the luckless quantity 13. Airways together with Air France, Iberia, Ryanair, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, and Alaska Airways (solely their Boeing 737-800) are usually not outfitted with a 13th row on most of their plane.

Alaska Airways 737-800 with no 13th row (Picture courtesy of SeatGuru).


In Lufthansa’s case, not solely do their planes omit Row 13 in lots of cases, in addition they exclude a Row 17 because the quantity denotes a pressure of dangerous luck in international locations comparable to Italy and Brazil. That is the airline’s means of respecting the cultural beliefs of their tens of millions of worldwide passengers they serve and lowering passenger nervousness whereas flying.

No Row 13 or Row 17 on LufthansaLacking Rows 13 and 17 on Lufthansa’s A320neo plane (Picture courtesy of Juan Ruiz/ExpertFlyer).


There are dozens of airways primarily based in Europe and Asia that purposefully snub the 13th row from their fleet of aircrafts. U.S.-based airways comparable to American, Delta, Southwest and Jetblue to call a number of, do in reality have a Row 13 regardless of a powerful perception in western tradition that the quantity implies dangerous luck.

However journey superstition isn’t merely earmarked for planes –  motels and buildings additionally bypass a 13th flooring. Whereas it might sound a bit excessive to cater to superstitious minds, Gallup carried out a ballot in 2007 asking Individuals how a lot it might trouble them to remain on a 13th flooring room. 13% stated it might trouble them to remain on a 13th flooring lodge room. The rationale many motels don’t checklist the quantity 13 inside elevators is to keep away from points with visitors that undergo from triskaidekaphobia, the worry of the quantity 13.

In China and different East Asian cultures, whether or not a quantity is taken into account unfortunate or not relies on the pronunciation of that quantity and if different similar-sounding phrases carry a optimistic or unfavorable which means. The quantity four is taken into account to be unfortunate in international locations comparable to China, Japan, Taiwan in addition to others as a result of the phrase for the quantity four sounds the identical because the phrase for loss of life. Step foot inside an elevator in lots of Asian international locations and you could not see a button for the 4th flooring.

For those who’re fortunate (or unfortunate) sufficient to sit down within the 13th row in your subsequent flight, could the percentages be ever in your favor for not less than an empty center seat.

Right here at TPG, our elevators don’t have a 13th flooring, so we’re hoping meaning our new headquarters brings luck.. or not less than no dangerous luck.

Elevator signage in The Points Guy elevators in New York - note no 13th floor. Photo by Clint Henderson/The Points GuyElevator signage in The Factors Man elevators in New York – word no 13th flooring. (Picture by Clint Henderson/The Factors Man).


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Juan Ruiz
is a Miami-based journey author at The Factors Man Household and devoted dad of twins. He covers matters on factors and miles, bank card merchandise, lodge loyalty packages and Airbnb for household journey.




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