Flyer Fact Friday: The golden age of air travel

Today, flying is one of the safest, most convenient ways to travel. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, in the 1950’s through the 1970’s, it was a completely difference scene than the one we’re used to seeing.

Known as the ‘Golden Age of Air Travel,’ this time saw flying as more of a luxury. If you were lucky enough to fly back then, you would enjoy the royal treatment. From spacious seats and freshly cooked meals to an on-board powder room and specialty gifts, there was a lot to love about air travel.

MSN shared some snapshots of this time and we’ve decided to show some of our favorites below:


Smoking on a plane? That would never be allowed now. 


Matching silk pajamas and spacious seating made flying feel like a dream. 


Passengers used to have their choice of fresh appetizers and drinks. 

Did you fly during the golden age? What can you see that’s different today compared to the 1950’s through the 1970’s? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Stay tuned for next week’s Flyer Fact Friday and more from our guest blogger, The Wall.

Happy travels,

The Terminal

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