Research by an online travel agency in the UK has revealed the top 10 superstitions that British holidaymakers have when it comes to travelling on flights – and travellers from the Province were revealed to be among the least nervous flyers…
WHEN asked, ‘Do you have any superstitions when it comes to going on flights?’ 65% of the people taking part in the poll said ‘yes’. These people were asked to elaborate and explain what behaviour they displayed to entertain their superstitions.
‘Touching the outside of the plane’ and ‘taking a good luck charm/mascot’ were revealed to be the most popular answers, with people from the South West revealed to be the most superstitious when it came to flying.
The top 10 flight superstitions were revealed as follows:
1. Touching outside of plane before getting on to ensure a safe flight – 17%
2. Taking a good luck charm/mascot onto the flight – 15%
3. Refusing to sit in certain seat numbers – 14%
4. Reciting prayers or mantras – 11%
5. Only flying at certain times – 8%
6. Only flying with certain airlines – 8%
7. Holding hands to ensure safe take off/landing – 6%
8. Sticking to a certain routine (e.g. ordering same drink) -5%
9. Only flying from a certain airport – 3%
10. Not flying on certain dates (e.g. Friday 13th) – 2%
People from the North West of England, Belfast and the South East were revealed to be the least nervous flyers, whilst those from the South West were the most superstitious.
The top flight superstition was revealed to be touching the outside of the plane before getting on to ensure a safe flight.
The majority (21%) of those who said that they were superstitious when it came to travelling on flights were from the South West of England; suggesting that it is the more superstitious region when it comes to travelling.
When all respondents were asked if they were nervous flyers, 54% said ‘no’. The majority of these people were from the North West (21%), Belfast (19%) and the South East (17%).
Anyone who took a good luck charm on a flight as part of their superstition was asked to state what form this took. The majority, 43%, said it was a ‘soft toy’ of some kind, whilst 27% said it was a ‘piece of jewellery, e.g. a necklace’.
* The poll was conducted by sunshine.co.uk as part of ongoing research into the travel habits and experiences of UK adults. 1,894 Britons aged 18 and over took part in the poll, all of whom had travelled by plane in the last 12 months. Respondents were asked about their attitudes towards flying and anything they regularly did when getting on a plane.