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6 Photos That Prove Air Travel Was Much Better in The '60s

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | December 18, 2015

6 Photos That Prove Air Travel Was Much Better in The '60s

Photos via Facebook

Airline travel hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years. Unless you believe images taken in the 1960s, in which case travel is now less fun, more sober, confined, somber and downright depressing.

The following images were first published by, which explains to The Telegraph that the images were “amassed over 40 years from now-defunct airline PR departments.”

What follows are just a few that we rather enjoyed from a time that certainly looks to have been quite enjoyable.

So let’s head back to a time when smoking was encouraged and drinking was considered a meal.

First up is this image from Facebook:

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According to Poor Man’s Stanley Tucci, the above image proved that a rousing game of Go Fish! Always ended the minute trust in your travel partner concluded. Still, this beats figuring out how to passive aggressively get the kid behind you from kicking your seat.

Before the advent of Google Maps, creepy old guys in costume came by to show you where you were going.

This also raised the obvious question of who exactly was flying the plane if the captain was back in coach delivering geography lessons?

If you are old enough to remember the '60s fondly, we regret to inform you that you are no longer in a key demographic.

That being said, we feel comfortable simply making things up about the decade: Everybody was drunk and the only pick-up game you ever needed was having a match for that soon-to-be-smoked cigarette.

Dinner service in the '60s didn’t bring with it the promise of stomach discomfort. Apparently, it invited the kind of intrigue and curiosity that usually garners elaborate expeditions to exotic locales.

Seriously, who is flying the plane?

Your next flight will come with the revelation that for the next six hours you will have to make amends with fighting over the armrest and dealing with the smell of whatever it is your neighbor just ate.

This is a far cry from how it was in the '60s when one of the perks of travel, apparently, was an official pillow fluffer who would make daydreaming about your station in life all the more enjoyable.

We hope this reminds you that airline travel, unlike wine and Patrick Stewart, ages rather poorly.


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