The "Golden Age" of Commercial Air Flight


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Once upon a time, multi-course meals were regularly served on airplanes. Caviar. Lobster. Filet mignon. Pheasant. Along with the gourmet foods were the glamour-girl stewardesses who served them. It was around that time that the guy sitting next to you could light up a cigarette when the plane took off and chain smoke throughout the flight, no matter how anyone else felt about it.

This video, a trailer for an upcoming program 
airing July 13th and 14th on the Smithsonian Channel, takes viewers back in time to when air travel was more about luxury than necessity. Via Nag on the Lake.



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Tobacco smells like crap after going through the ozonator... cigarettes tasted like crap on a plane too. I'm old enough to remember smoking in class in college... guilt!
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My recollection (yes, I'm that old) is that the guy sitting next to you could only light up a cigarette if you were in a designated smoking section. That said, most of my memories of flying are from 1970 and forward, so smoking sections may have come later than was depicted in this film. I recall flying somewhere in 1972 or so when a guy fired up a cigar on a very, very long flight. Welcome to Hell, ladies and gentlemen.
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