GETTYDANGER: People believe flying on Friday the 13th is tempting fate
Many people dread Friday the 13th, a day fraught with bad luck and superstation. A whopping 72% of people claim to have experienced bad luck on Friday the 13th.
And a staggering 30% of Brits actually have a phobia of the day – which is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.
It’s for this reason flight prices are cut on Friday 13th, as many superstitious flyers will not travel during the 24-hour period.
But is it really more dangerous to fly on Friday the 13th?
GETTYDOOMSDAY: 72% of people claim to have experienced bad luck on Friday the 13th
The truth is it’s actually marginally safer to fly on this date.
The average number of fatal aircraft crashes on Friday the 13th days is 0.067 per day, compared to a usual daily average of 0.091, according to a statistical analysis by the Aviation Safety Network, conducted in 2013.
Fear of flying on the 13th may have been sparked by an air crash in October 1972 when Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 smashed into the Andes mountains on Friday 13th.
Tragically 45 people onboard died, but 16 managed to survive for 72 days by eating bodies of the other dead passengers.
It seems people’s superstitions are subsiding though as a new survey by Hotels.com reveals most Brits would happily fly on Friday 13th.
A whopping 86% say they would not think twice about flying on the “unlucky” day.
Younger travellers were revealed as the most superstitious with 20% of 18 to 24 year old respondents saying they would not board a flight on Friday 13th – compared with just 10% of 45 to 54 and 11% of 55+ year olds.
Here are 13 freaky facts about Friday the 13th.