Airline Travel Now Vs Airline Travel 20 years ago

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Bookings

20 years ago: Travel agents felt it was more important to discuss lunch plans with other staff than flight prices with you

Now: Travel agents look crestfallen when you tell them you found the same flights online for a cheaper price

Checking In

20 years ago: Paying for your ticket did not guarantee your seat. You needed to call and confirm

Now: Not checking in online is as good as asking for a middle seat

Airport Security

20 years ago: It was perfectly acceptable to carry nail clippers and scissors on board

Now: Placing all your liquids into a clear sealed bag somehow increases security

Refreshments

20 years ago: Salted peanuts were synonymous with flying

Now: Most airlines still haven’t settled on an appealing replacement. Except for East Asian airlines. They still serve nuts

Transiting

20 years ago: Airlines were happy to give you a free night stay if you were connecting in their hub city

Now: The only free thing you can expect is the air inside a bag of whatever it is that has replaced peanuts

Smoking

20 years ago: It was totally worth coughing up your lungs in exchange for a window seat

Now: Why do planes still have ashtrays and no smoking signs? Are airlines still using planes from 20 years ago?

Seat Pockets

20 years ago: There was plenty of time to memorise the card with emergency landing procedures or play with the paper bag meant for throwing up in

Now: What’s already inside the seat pockets might be less interesting than a dictionary, but it’s a great place to store garbage

In Flight Entertainment

20 years ago: It was wonderful to find a radio channel with 4 songs you recognised

Now: 10 movies are simply not enough to choose from

Airline Meals

20 years ago: Meal trays were larger than tray tables and the contents could actually fill you

Now: Meals still come with bread rolls and crackers after all these years. Is there some sort of international meal code nobody told me about?

Landing:

20 years ago: Everybody takes their seat belts off and opens the overhead compartments the moment the plane touches the ground

Now: Everybody takes their seat belts off and opens the overhead compartments the moment the plane touches the ground

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