Tag: Golden Age of Air Travel

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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This TV Program Will Make You Hate Air Travel Even More

This TV Program Will Make You Hate Air Travel Even More

The Smithsonian Channel is going to do something that will so put you off air travel that you may never willingly board a commercial flight again.

( Dmitry Terekhov Flickr Photo)
( Dmitry Terekhov Flickr Photo)

How?

By showing you what the golden age of passenger air travel
was like back in the last century when it airs “I Was a Jet Set Stewardess” tonight and this coming Sunday.

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Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

Bad Air: Is the Air Travel Experience Getting Worse?

Is it just me, or is it getting more crowded in here?

That’s what I think when I fly in the “Coach” or “Economy” cabin of an airliner these days.

As it turns out, I’m not wrong. The “pitch” (which most passengers think of as “legroom”) between the seats in those cabins has decreased by about 3” (and, on some planes as much as 6”) during the last two decades.

Now I haven’t been carrying a retractable measuring tape with me when I fly, so that assessment on what I call the “Airplane Sardine-Can Factor” isn’t based on my own research. Instead, it comes from former FAA chief legal counsel, Mark Gerchick, whose new book, Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today, discusses why passengers keep paying more, but keep getting less comfort and service in return, when they travel by air.

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