Flying Didn’t Used To Suck — It Actually Used To Be Pretty Swanky

I hate flying. Actually, I don’t. Getting to see the world from cruising altitude, rocking in the turbulence — I like all of those things. (Yes, even the turbulence.) But being squashed into tiny seats, having your in-flight snacks doled out one peanut at a time, and getting to second base with TSA agents? Yeah, not so much.

But it didn’t always used to be this way. Back in the day, flying was a glamorous affair.

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Okay, maybe hijackings were too much of a thing for a while, but at least the furniture was nice.

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I mean, look at that interior.

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Can’t you just picture this scene turning into an in-flight spy drama?

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Okay, maybe not in this case.

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There were even times when you could wear your tiara to the airport and not feel silly. Today, they’d make you take it off before going through security.

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And get a load of that flower-patterned upholstery.

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Then again, I can probably only appreciate this because I wasn’t forced to grow up looking at it.

People in those days weren’t even confined to horribly tiny seats.

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This looks a bit more like a modern plane, but it’s still infinitely better.

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Whoever designed this seemed to understand that the average person actually takes up space.

In this case, turbulence is not your friend.

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We can only assume that these planes also came equipped with the latest in portable music technology.

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Then again, it might be best to take these images with a proverbial grain of salt — after all, this is back when planes still had smoking sections.

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I’m not usually one to give in to nostalgia, but I wouldn’t mind experiencing some of this glamour on my next flight. Of course, I am glad that I don’t have to live with 1970s mustaches and polyester everything, so maybe it’s a fair trade.

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