A GROUP of fearless plane passengers will today ignore the legend surrounding Friday the 13th to board a FINAL flight known as the 666 to Hel.
That didn't stop one passenger booked on Friday's HEL-bound trip, who somewhat unluckily was given a seat on the 13th row, from missing the flight. In the future, the route will have the more mundane moniker AY954 (although, if you look hard enough, the digits still add up to 18, which is...oh, never mind).
The airline took to its Twitter feed to inform fearful passengers needing a short-hop flight from the Danish capital to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport that their days of avoiding the ominous flight are over. And the hardiest few would book that flight straight to HEL. It is the time-honored way, after all.
Finnair said that it successfully operated 21 Friday 13 flights from Copenhagen to Helsinki with the unfortunate number over a period of 11 years.
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The airline said the perceived unluckiness of the date, combined with the number 666 and the "HEL" destination, has not appeared to have any affect on passenger numbers for flights.
A specific fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskevidekatriaphobia, which derives from the from the Greek word paraskeví meaning Friday, and dekatria meaning thirteen.
"It has been quite a joke among the pilots", pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto told the Associated Press in 2013. "It's only a coincidence for me".
The fear of the number 666 is hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.