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    • So, now that I am an official Hulu Live monthly subscriber, I am dipping into some of the archives that Hulu offers. Last night I watched a really interesting show what was timely for #InternationalWomensDay yesterday - I WAS A JET SET STEWARDESS

      I think my 1st flight was to visit the grandparents in the late 60's. So, several points of interest and memory came to play....

      1) OMG - I sort of forgot how people (including my parents and then me in my early Navy days) use to smoke on planes. Makes my skin crawl thinking about it.

      2) Airplane travel back then was a FORMAL event. As a kid, I was required to wear a suit as my parents always dressed to the 9's even to go to the local market. But, it was ok. It was exciting and there was an unspoken status bump if you were traveling by airplane.

      3) Even as a youngster, I sort of remember having plenty of boy crushes on any or all of the stewardesses. They were all hawt! lol

      4) I do remember the meals were pretty good; at least I looked forward to them.

      I never put the two together, but really the Jumbo 747 was the immediate downfall to status travel as documented in the movie. I remember thinking it was on par with landing on the moon seeing those big airships...but, from a crew standpoint....servicing 150 passengers to now 500+. Can you imagine the nightmares x100?

      When my buddy flew back from Kauai to New York on my last trip, he paid the extra $400 bones (total of $850 one way) to have one of those seats the sort of end up being a bed. Besides that, it reminds me how we are basically thrust into a cattlecar and the high percentange chance you will be tightly surrounded by smelly, loud, crying, wackos does not usually get me all that excited to fly.

      The upside is that the first transatlantic flights on prop planes would take 16 hours! Can you imagine hearing four loud props for 16 hours without your noise canceling Boise headsets? OMG

    • Retro air travel fascinates / horrifies me. I already have a problem with turbulence. I can't even imagine how it was possible to travel whole continents on old aircraft! The below is from a Poirot episode entitled "Death in the Clouds" supposed to be set in the 1920's / 1930's on a flight from Paris to London. Je ne peux pas!

    • For a while I thought I outgrew airsickness. I didn't outgrow it - today's planes are bigger and fly higher than the propeller planes that were the norm during childhood flights.

    • Your post brings back a lot of memories!

      I have a friend who lives in Naknek, Alaska. When I visited her (in the 70s if I remember correctly), the flight from Anchorage to King Salmon was in a plane that carried cargo in the front and passengers in the back. They slid the divider between the sections based on needs (people vs. stuff).

      Those were the days when smoking was still allowed on planes - the smoking zone was on one side of the aisle. Of course that meant that the entire passenger section was full of smoke. Yikes!

    • Looking at vintage footage from the early part of last century I'm always surprised at how dressed up people were, even out on city streets. Look at the dresses and suits and hats on those dusty streets!

      These are flight attendants:

    • Even passenger security was a joke back then! Now the airlines all have much more professional people trained to maintain cabin order. ;)

    • I never have air sickness and actually enjoy the turbulences as a distraction, as long as I made sure to dispense of any full cups of wine or coffee prior! I know airplanes are actually very solid built, so it doesn't concern me that something may break. But one of the most harrowing flights in that regard was one landing in LAS! It seems at that day and time the air currents were really on the move around the valley and desert there. The pilot had to abort landing only seconds before hitting the runway, it was that severe. On another flight our plane actually got hit by lightning above the ocean!

    • 2) Airplane travel back then was a FORMAL event. As a kid, I was required to wear a suit as my parents always dressed to the 9's even to go to the local market. But, it was ok. It was exciting and there was an unspoken status bump if you were traveling by airplane.

      Oh my gosh! Wasn’t that the truth! When my grandparents decided to take my 12yo cousin and I (10yo) to London with them, wardrobe was the main concern! 😂

      3) Even as a youngster, I sort of remember having plenty of boy crushes on any or all of the stewardesses. They were all hawt! lol

      To this day I find myself sometimes thinking, “How did he/she ever get this stewardess/cabin attendant job? They look so average.” 🥴 (Forgive me, Lord!) Back in the day, there was a pecking order. I remember Dad and Mom talking about how the most attractive stewardesses earned their way “up” to the flights to Hawaii.

      Hoo, boy... This makes me feel old! I got the same feeling watching Catch Me If You Can. Lots of glamour flying in that pic...