10 Reasons Why Flying In The Jet Age Was Better Than Today

Top notch food, major advancements in technology, luxury seating. During the jet age, it was quite the experience to take a flight. Curious as to what exactly were the perks of flying during the golden age of travel? Here are some things that are gone forever and that unfortunately, you missed out on. posted on

1. Flying Was Glamorous…

For most, flying wasn’t an everyday occurrence, it was an “event.” The expectation was that you would wear your “Sunday’s best” onto the flight. Anyone who had strolled onto an airplane in the 1960’s or early 1970’s in a sweatsuit, or ragged jeans and a tee shirt, would have caused a major buzz among the passengers.

2. You Were Treated Like Royalty…

Flight attendants would wait on you hand and foot, and you didn’t have to sit in first class to get an excellent meal. All drinks were also free.

3. There Were Major Advancements In Engine Technology…

In the late 60s and early ‘70s great strides were made in commercial airplane engine technology. GE finally had a basis for building a reputation within the commercial airline market, and in the early 1970’s, Boeing offered the CF6 as an option for the 747.

4. Many Airports Had Public Observation Decks…

Since there was minimal concern about security, many airports allowed you to stroll outside and watch the airplanes come and go.

5. The Security Procedures Were Minimal…

We all know what a hassle it is to get through airport security, but that wasn’t always the case. Prior to the 1970’s, you were able to buy your ticket without showing identification, walk unsupervised across to the tarmac, and then casually climb up the stairs and board the plane.

6. Food And Drinks Were Almost Always Served…

No matter how short the flight. Since there was no price competition, the airlines were competing based on service, and stewardesses would hustle to serve everyone on a quick trip.

7. Even The Economy Class Menus Were Decadent…

You didn’t have to fly first class to get the very best in food. Check out one of the menus from a Pan Am charter flight in the 1960s, which included a meal of filet mignon, soup, potatoes, rum cake and coffee!

8. You Could Buy Life Insurance While Waiting For Your Flight…

There were insurance dispensers all over the airports, and it was a pretty simple process. You would fill out a form, insert coins, and out would come an insurance policy. You would then drop into a nearby mailbox and send to your family in a convenient prepaid envelope. If your flight crashed and you died, your family got some money.

9. Air Fares Were Government Regulated So The Amenities Were Better…

Since they weren’t able set their own fares and the industry was heavily regulated, airlines resorted to attracting passengers, especially businessmen, with luxurious food, drink, and movie amenities.

10. Many Planes Were Flying Works Of Art…

In the early late ’60s/ early ’70s, in order to promote travel to South America, Braniff Airlines hired American artist Alexander Calder to create a flying work of art.

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