Why Don't All Airlines Have a 13th Row?

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    Why Don't All Airlines Have a 13th Row?

    Interesting article that talks about why some airlines don't have a row 13 (or row 17 which is considered unlucky in Brazil and Italy). The article does not mention how some Asian carriers do not have row 4 on since that is considered unlucky.
     
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    So a superstitious group of pax means lots of elbow-room over at row 13 then :D well, except in italy where 13 is considered a lucky number :p
    And in narrow-body aircrafts you'd have both elbow and legroom as row 13 is, somewhat ironic in this context, often the emergency exit.
     
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    probably for superstitions sake. There are high rises in Manhattan and other cities where the 13th floor is absent from the elevator button panel.
     
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    You can add Hotels to the list as many don't have a 13th floor
     
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    Yup, the Westin Market St in SF where I stayed recently skips the 13th floor. I didn't even noticed until my wife pointed it out, since we stayed on the 17th floor.
     
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    Cruise ships also eliminate Deck 13, which makes it a lot easier to run up the stairs to the buffet. :D
     
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    My dentist is on the 13th floor.
     
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    The Munster family lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
     
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    That's why the Dornier Seaplane only had 12 engines.

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    Superstitions seem to be culture specific. For example, in USA Friday the 13th is bad luck, but in Greece it's Tuesday the 13th that's bad and to be feared.
     
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    I remember as a kid living in Singapore most high rise buildings not having a 4th floor and many that skipped all floors with a 4 in it like 14,24 etc.
     
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    We stayed at a HI Express in London that lacked a "first floor" a couple of weeks ago...Ground-2-3-4...it's normally Ground-1-2-etc. here. :confused:
     
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    Air Canada has a row 13.
     
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    I find the row/floor skipping illogical and strange. If a hotel names the 13th floor 14, it does not change the fact that you are on the actual 13th floor.
     
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    It does however give the hotel/high-rise an added bonus of "appearing" to be higher than they are :D
    Say, they remove 13 & 40-49 (which is quite common), their top floor restaurant would all of a sudden be 10 floors "higher" :p
     
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    I've seen this in the majority of manhattan high rises and only recently noticed a 13th floor in my building. The person living there said it was the only one they found in manhattan and just had to live there.
     
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    I think the link to Friday the 13th goes back to the Templar days when the Knights Templar were rounded up and eliminated due to accussations of heresy, etc on a Friday the 13th . I think we can thank the Masons for bringing the superstition to the US!
     
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    the ultimate push/pull. The torque curve must be amazing
     
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    Cool! Under that reasoning, I could say I'm 6'2"! Now, about getting rid of that extra weight... :)

    Mike
     
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    Did anyone notice how there is no 13th post in this thread?
     
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    Made ya look !
     
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    Sometimes buildings have the equivalent space for a 13th floor, but it is for mechanical equipment etc and not accessible by traditional patron elevators. to see if your building has a faux 13th floor, next time you're in the elevator, time it passing from 11 to 12 and 12 to 14 to see if there is a difference.
     
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    The number 4 in Chinese terms means death, hence why it's considered a bad number.
     
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    come to hong kong if you want to go to a building that has 88th floor

    or, they skipped 4,13,14,24,34,40-49, 50-59(5 negates everything in cantonese/chinese), 60-67, 69,70-87(7 relates to the ceremonies of death here, you have "ceremonies" on the odd multiples of 7 days after someone's death up to the 7th week. and then there is 88th. i think it's actually the 48th floor instead.)

    beat that :eek:
     
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    It is bad luck to be superstitious.
     
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