IT MAY be the scariest day of the year, but brave Brits won’t let that stop them going on holiday.
IT MAY be the scariest day of the year, but brave Brits won't let that stop them going on holiday.
New figures suggest than 12 per cent more of us are taking to the skies today than on the average day.
In fact, British holidaymakers are completely fearless when it comes to supernatural threats at 35,000 ft.
In January, six per cent more people flew on Friday 13th compared to the monthly average, according to the research by holiday booking site kiwi.com.
But this was not always the case.
In 2013, a study found that one in three Brits would consider changing their travel plans to avoid flying on the infamous date, having had bad experiences with the day in the past.
The idea of Friday the 13th being an unlucky date is thought to have begun in the Middle Ages or even as far back as Biblical times.
Some say the superstition arose from Jesus’ last supper, where 13 people were present on the night before his death – which occurred on a Friday.
Since then the ominous date has featured in horror films aplenty and many people still believe it is unlucky.
So much so that some hotels omit room 13, and plane seat rows jump from 12 to 14. If the recent research is any indicator of bravery, the UK is braver than Spain, whose bookings are 8.5 per cent lower this Friday, and Sweden, whose citizens have made 29 per cent fewer bookings.
Danes were the most daring as their bookings are up 46 per cent compared to usual. Kiwi.com Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Davis says: "Friday 13th is a key date for travel because it coincides with the weekend for short breaks.
"But we have found data to show some experience an irrational fear of flying on this date, with Swedes and Spaniards being the most superstitious.
"But in the history of air travel, there is no real traumatic event that is associated with the number 13 – or this date."
This Friday also sees the return of the world's most infamous journey, Flight 666 to HEL.
The same flight, from Copenhagen in Denmark to the Finnish capital Helsinki, received worldwide coverage in January when several people tracked the flight to make sure it did not disappear.