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    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.