Superstitious Fliers Bring Strange Rituals to the Skies

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  1. rwoman
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    USA Today: Superstitious Fliers Bring Strange Rituals to the Skies

    Do you have rituals about flying? I know I'm methodical about some things, but that's more out of getting through security or lugging a bag.

    Some rituals in the article:
    • Whirling fingers
    • Lifting feet on take off
    • Lifting up on the armrest
    Some of these are identified as calming techniques...or is it just magic that gets the bird in the air??

    :)robin
     
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    i read that article and very nearly rolled my eyes out of my head. :rolleyes: while i do understand that flying, for some people, is a serious issue, i had to wonder why a trained professional would encourage such things. i was also wondering just how a row mate would take the raising of the arm rest during take off. i am glad that i have not, so far, had to sit next to one those people. i can assure you, the arm rest would stay firmly in place. :p
     
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    Bunch o' loonies. Of course, the whisper on the street has always
    been that psychiatrists chose that profession because they
    needed to.
     
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    I remember a story about a fairly Frequent Flyer (FFF?) who upon entering the plane would touch the fuselage next to the door.
     
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    I remember this, too. I think they're a fairly popular FTer/MPer/blogger.
     
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    Fox News (I think) had a lot of discussion on this story yesterday morning...thanks to jet lag was up at 6am to hear them talk about it. :)
     
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    I used to have rituals and OCD tendencies when I was younger, but they've faded away over the years. Like I used to eat a meal one item at a time and it couldn't touch. On planes, I had to watch as the plane left the ground or landed - not for fear or anything, I just felt compelled. Now, both habits, and many others, are long gone. Not sure why really, they just stopped being important to me. I used to be extremely introverted during that time, too, but not so much now.
     
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    Shortly after getting settled in my seat, I'm always compelled to say, "Yes, an orange juice and vodka, please."
     
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    That is a great ritual!
     
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    I'm always compelled to say to myself "where is the !@%$^ power outlet and why dont they have WIFI". :D
     

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