Remember when you could smoke in the aircraft cabin? Remember when the cockpit door was always open and you could request to go and have a chat with the pilot? Remember when you could show up five to 10 minutes before your flight, purchase your ticket and go, and air hostesses were hired for their looks over their other attributes?
Well sadly, it’s all a bit before my time, but the 1960s was a different era. Flying was the fun part of getting to your destination, if you can believe that. Imagine a world without security checks?
Air travel was for the few not for the many. Air fares were extortionate back then.
A new television series is about to start in the US called Pan Am on ABC this Autumn and will land on UK screens on BBC2 sometime soon.
Sleepy Hollow actor Christina Ricci who plays stewardess Maggie said: “A big part of the flying experience during the era of “Pan Am” was the stewardesses.
“These stewardesses were looked at as glamorous symbols.” And little girls aspired to being one when they grew up.
Is this a Mad Men (HBO) spin off? Maybe yes, but as long as the writer gets everything right and the storyline and dialogue is believable, then it won’t receive such criticism as the writer of the UK’s The Hour about a British newsroom set in the 1950s who had to admit “anachronisms”.