Over 2,500 people took part in the survey which asked flyers what they missed most about the flights of yesteryear. At no.1, with a whopping 41% of votes, was being able to visit the captain in the cockpit. The captain should also be wearing a hat, a further 4% said.
The classic uniforms and first-class customer service of the iconic American airline is clearly something modern-day passengers still hanker for, with ‘politeness, courtesy and efficiency’, ‘well-presented air stewards’ and ‘polite crew’ featuring heavily as flyers’ top memory of yesteryear.
A cheeky 2% of people even said they missed the orange make-up of air hostesses - something that may or may not be a compliment to modern-day cabin staff.
Finally, sparking up at 30,000 feet is something that 13% of nicotine-loving respondents missed most about modern day flights. Those who didn’t miss sucking on a cigarette appear to instead miss sucking on a sweetie with 13% wishing boiled sweets were still handed out by crew.
The top five things people missed most on the flights of yesteryear were:
1. Being able to visit the captain in the cockpit – 41%
2. Not being pestered with sales for lottery tickets or other ancillary products – 21%
3. Boiled sweeties handed out on take-off – 16%
4. Smoking sections – 13%
5. Pilots wearing hats – 4%
6. Other (including better customer service and free refreshments) - 3%
6. Orange make-up on air hostesses - 2%
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