Flying this holiday season? Starting to think twice about the nightmare that flying has become? Fed up with the rude people that work for the airlines? The rude people you have to sit next to on the plane? Wishing you could go back in time and be part of civilized commercial flight?

Well, good luck with that.

I put this up to I guess make you feel worse. Look around your flight for smiling passengers. Smiling attendants. Oh, and leg room.


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Though I did fly Pan Am a few times, I never got to sit in a cabin like this. I don't know if this sort of cabin actually ever existed.

Why are these people smiling so much? And is the guy in the foreground in the brown suit giving the flight attendant a come hither look? Is it me or does the guy in the light brown suit seem to be playing footsies with the lady in blue?

Ahhhhhhhhh...I think I know why they're all smiling. It's the Mile High Club meeting.

So hey, good luck with that flight to grandma's this week.


  1. The one HUGE difference between today's nasty travelers and yesteryear's is the price.

    That $290 trip from NY to London? $2366.65 in today's money. The $400 trip? $3264.

    Back then, travel was something special. Now it's completely ordinary, and that sweaty ass next to you is the bonus.

  2. Wow, it's been a long time since I did any international flying. Obviously won't be doing any anytime soon.

  3. It's true - people used to dress up for air travel. It was a special event. Now you may get people wearing flip-flops, sweatpants, and a t-shirt with something obscene on the front. Or, you may get the woman across the aisle from me who changed her baby's diaper on the tray table.

  4. Okay, that unfortunately tops the drunk I was forced to sit next to between Phoenix and SF making a short trip seem like a lifetime. Poopy diapers across the aisle really makes make me think I'll never fly again.

  5. Bring back airships.

  6. That's IF you can tolerate the virtual 'strip' search, or the alternative of someone touching your 'junk' as the guy put it. I'm trying to figure out why I shouldn't just take my time and drive. I think I'm through with the flying thing. Period.

  7. Ahhhhhhh, the Hindenburg. Now we're talkin' comfort...for awhile...but not so much on landing.

  8. Bring back Steam-Punk!