It's Friday the 13th: Would You Take Flight 666 to HEL?
The Finnair flight is actually almost full
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
A Finnair Airbus 330 is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Finnair, Lehtikuva)

(Newser) – Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki—which has the 3-letter designation HEL—don't seem too bothered. Today's flight is almost full. "It has been quite a joke among the pilots" says one Finnair veteran, who will fly the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki. "I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me."

The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Some airlines, like Scandinavian Airlines, take superstitions seriously and don't have a row 13 on board. However, the negative connotations are a relatively new phenomenon for northern Europeans, and Finnair and other regional carriers like Norwegian and Estonian Air keep row 13. As one expert on comparative folklore points out, "Less than 100 years ago, the number 13 did not have this sinister meaning; it's quite recent in the north."

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steve_davis
Sep 14, 2013 2:19 PM CDT
If I was flying AWAY from the reach of Scumbama I'd board a flight with Kill You Airlines flying to anywhere , any day, any time, any flight number...just get me away from him.
iq145
Sep 13, 2013 9:23 PM CDT
They're shocked that it's almost full? Well... maybe those people are not superstitious FOOLS!
boxcar
Sep 13, 2013 7:42 PM CDT
Solar Scientists know the origins of 666 came from Egyptian wisemen who also "studied" the sun and counted sunspots to determine there was a 22.2 year solar cycle which was ~one generation of people wherein humans were sun-synchronized to grow in wavelets of 1 solar cycle per generation and when the 4th generation arrived, who was working to support everyone? NOT the aged, newborn or new retirees (like now) That's when the "Mark of the Beast" occurred for only one generation was supporting the other 3 alive and it is unsustainable, so socio-economic upheavals occurred all at once everywhere. Just read in KJV bible, Rev.13 last verse where its written- Its also why 13 is considered a bad number Rev13.verse 18- "Here is wisdom; Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: his number is 66.6" which is 3 solar cycles (3 generations) When King James scribes translated original manuscripts they missed the decimal since Europeans knew nothing of decimal systems when the KJV bible was translated in early 1600s Scholars w/access to original manuscripts know there is a "tic" mark modifier on 666