Category: Travel Essays

9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously (Part 2)

9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously (Part 2)

“9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously” (Part 2)

(The first installment  of Dick Jordan’s recollections of the events of September 11, 2001 appeared yesterday. The story continues today).

Departure Day

I turned on my computer before breakfast on Saturday and went to the Alitalia Website.

Departures to the U.S. had resumed.

A plane from Milan to San Francisco was in the air, although it was three hours behind schedule.

(M McBey Photo)

I called Alitalia’s reservation number and someone answered the phone.

Yes, the return flight from SFO to Milan would depart later that day.

No, we cannot tell you whether you will be on it; passengers whose flights were cancelled earlier in the week will be given preference in boarding.

I was told that we must go to the airport to find out if we will be on the passenger manifest for the flight.

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“UNDERWEAR: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT”

“UNDERWEAR: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT”

“The American Express Card: Don’t Leave Home Without It” was a variation on the advertising slogan “Don’t Leave Home Without Them” promoting American Express Traveler’s Checks that the company launched in 1975.

There was a time my travel mantra should have been: “Underwear: Don’t Leave Home Without It” because I became notorious for arriving at a destination without packing underwear or socks, or leaving entire suitcases in the closet.

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The “Golden Age” of Airline Advertising

The “Golden Age” of Airline Advertising

(Roger W Flickr Photo)

I’ve written before about the “Golden Age” of air travel when passengers actually looked forward to arrival at airports, checking in for flights, walking freely (along with friends or family who weren’t accompanying them on the trip) to the gate, and a relaxing, fun-filled journey to their destinations through “friendly skies.”

Whether you are too young to have experience the “fun of flying,” or have long since forgotten what it was like “back in the day,” you’ll find this collection of airline advertisements from 1934-1989 beyond belief today when airlines tout low fares rather than luxurious seating and attentive service even in Economy class cabins.

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