Flying: Then and Now

Flying Then:

This ad from Capital Airlines (which merged with United Airlines in 1961) touted flying as a pleasant experience:

Just a Meal and a Magazine Away
You forget old fashioned ideas about distance when you fly Capital. You relax in cushioned comfort amid congenial, club-like informality.

Flying Now:

Jennifer Castellano of Winchendon, Massachusetts, was sitting for a minute on an Air Tran flight from West Palm Beach, Florida to Boston when she noticed that her pants were soaked:

Castellano said she went to the lavatory to check her jeans and long sweater.

"I then realized I was saturated in urine from the smell," she said.

Castellano said a flight attendant told her someone had gone to the bathroom in the seat during the previous flight.

"A flight attendant told me that on the previous flight a man had urinated on himself in that particular seat. And I said, 'I'm not sitting on a three hours flight soaked in someone else's urine. That is absolutely disgusting,'" Castellano said.

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And yet, Transformers toys are named specifically on the list of things you can and can't carry on. See "Makeup, Medication, Personal Items & Special Needs Devices" at

And yes...they're OK to carry on. Cattle prods, No. Nunchakas, No. Optimus Prime, Yes. As it should be.
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Well, perhaps with the rising gas prices, everything will go back to classy as only the super-rich would be able to fly.

As for protocol, I heard a story that someone who was boarding a plane was refused entry as his T-shirt had a Transformer character on it and he had a gun. He had to change his t-shirt before he was allowed to fly!
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