Which airlines skip row 13 and where does the superstition come from?

Are you a superstitious flyer?

You’re not alone. Between two and five per cent of the population experience severe anxiety at the thought of flying. And up to 40 per cent of people experience some form of fear in the air.

Plenty of passengers resort to rituals to ease this phobia such as lucky seat numbers, touching the outside of the plane or wearing specific clothing items. To avoid superstitious seat swaps, many airlines skip rows 13 and 17.

But where does this policy come from, and which airlines abide by it?

Why are 13 and 17 considered unlucky numbers?

Fear of the number 13 is so common that it even has a name.

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