Flying can be scary to a lot of people, to say the least. Especially in today's culture when airplanes are considered to be even safer than car travel, some folks are very superstitious about a great many things, like the infamous 13th row on airplanes.
The Number of Planes with the 13th Row Have Shrunken Significantly
Some airline companies often leave out this row on purpose. Why is that?
The Flight Crew on a Reno Air Plane Has Even Stated That the Row 13 Is Skipped Altogether
Apparently, some people think it's jinxed to sit there during the flight.
And Many Companies Exclude It
7 major airlines, such as Ryanair and Continental don't have a 13th row on the planes. The ratio in favor of inclusion for the 13 row is still larger to some extent.
Lufthansa Airlines Also Deny Having the 13 Row
A manager stated this: “On board Lufthansa aircraft correspondingly the twelfth row is followed by the 14th. The attentive passenger, however, will also notice the absence of row 17. The reason is that in Italy and Brazil, 17 is regarded as unlucky.”
Alaska Airplanes Lines Are Ambiguous About the Infamous 13th Row
Alaska airlines have a specific plane designed where the cabin itself is kept somewhat hidden. It appears that the 13th rows on these planes doesn't exist but not for superstitious reasons, simply because of cabin design.
When Atlanta Was Asked About It, Here Is How They Responded
"Apparently, someone a long time ago [they] thought we shouldn’t have a row 13. We have let the row numbering system persist, especially since we don’t want to go through the expense of renumbering rows on about 600 aircraft.”
Some Have the Number 13 Included on the Flight Number
For example, flight 713, or 513 still has the unlucky number 13.
Airplane Companies Have Intentionally Left Out the 13 Row Due to Superstition in the Past Decade
It's really confusing when you think about it, but what about Gate 13, a plane model that includes the number 13, or other connections to the number 13? The airlines can't focus on so many details.
Superstition and Logic Sometimes Co-Exist on Completely Different Realms
Lufthansa had a flight called LF-013 and used it all the time without any problems. The plane also used Gate 13.
People's Superstition Extends the Notion of Altogether Avoiding Row 13
Some people would avoid flying on any dates having to do with the number 13 in general, however people get nervous when their plane from Gate 13 is ready to take off.