11 Ways Pan Am Travel Was Different
Did you catch the Pan Am pilot at the weekend? I must confess to a feeling of nostalgia as I saw the immaculately turned out air crew head for the Clipper, as it portrayed an era of air travel that is long gone. Here are some of the things I noticed:
- the passenger seating area was more spacious than today’s business and first class cabins.
- no-one seemed bothered about whether hand luggage was stowed under the seat or not.
- you got a menu from which to select your in-flight meal.
- there were real meals, with multiple courses and with real cutlery.
- you could go and visit the cockpit, and there was little security on the outside.
- you didn’t have to worry about legroom.
- there was no in-flight entertainment as far as I could see; getting on the plane was more than enough excitement for most people.
- you could just walk onto a plane with no security and no shoe removal.
- everyone dressed up to fly.
- JFK wasn’t yet JFK; it was still New York International Airport.
- you couldn’t be married and be a Pan Am stewardess.
How did you feel about the pilot?