When I first time heard this "legend" I couldn't believe it. I was really surprised, if not shocked, to actually find row 13 missing on my next passenger flight. (I believe it was a Boeing 737.) Is this really due to superstition about the 13th row? Was it so hard to push aircraft producers to renumber all other seat rows?
I know that people can be absurd about their superstitions. But realistically, the odds that a passenger airplane will crash are minimal. And should it really crash, chances that you'll survive due to being seated in row 12 or 14, as opposed to 13, must be below statistical error.
I find it very difficult to believe that people would choose not to fly simply due to superstition about being seated in row 13. Is there a more rational explanation?
EDIT (after Patrick's answer): I don't know, if I expressed myself enough clearly. I don't think, that people are dumb, because the're worried about number 13. I rather think, that thinking, that row 13 is unlucky, specifically on airplanes (where, in case case of crash all seats mostly are equally unlucky) is a bit weird.