Air Travel: Then Vs. Now

Before people were doing this: #upintheair.

1. In-flight entertainment

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Then: Playing cards at 30,000 feet in 1936.
Now: Touchscreens you pray work with movies that cost a fortune.

2. Airport security

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Then: Passing through a metal detector in 1972.
Now: The feeling of dirty linoleum on your bare feet as you wait for someone to see an X-ray picture of your naked body.

3. Airport lounges

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Then: Passengers waiting for cross-channel flights operated by Britain’s Silver City Airways in 1956.
Now: Airports where everything looks the same. You could be anywhere.

4. Economy class


Then: Coach class in the ’60s! So much room!

5. Air traffic control

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Then: Manual labor at Washington International Airport in 1942.
Now: Digital.

6. First class

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Then: Folks dressed in their Sunday best in First Class in 1955.
Now: Don’t even care.

7. Smoking

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Then: Lighting up inside the cabin in 1955.
Now: Oh hellz no.

8. Cocktail service

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Then: Cocktails on Pan Am in 1958. What service!
Now: DIY.

9. Customs and Border Patrol

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Then: Passengers traveling from Mexico to Los Angeles go through “customs” in 1930. Is this a joke?
Now: See you at Never O’Clock.

10. Sleeping accommodations for the lucky

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Then: Sleepers on a Pan Am flight in 1936.
Now: Ain’t half shabby if you have a gazillion dollars.

11. Slightly less comfortable-looking sleeping options

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Then: A 1934 sleeping compartment on board an American Airways flight.
Now: Try to make it work.

12. Cockpits

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Then: A Pan Am cockpit in 1950. Super complicated!
Now: Still super complicated!

13. Flight attendants


Then: Super feminine ladies we called stewardesses.
Now: Classy men and women we call flight attendants.

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