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I see a lot of ritualistic habits. It's as if you are tempting fate by not following your routine, isn't it?
Before I took off I'd always make sure that my left shoe lace was done up properly, then I'd touch my right ear three times and cough once before clapping hands and only when I'd done all that would I ask for take off clearance.
Now that's clearly nonsense isn't it ... but if it works for you why shouldn't I have a ritual to 'make things even safer'?
Or don't jinxes and rituals work for pilots?
So should pilots have rituals? Yes or No
No I don't know of any pilot that went thru' a ritual before flight unless you call reading the checklist a ritual!