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I generally don’t watch much TV, mostly because I travel all the time and my DVR queue gets so backlogged I don’t know where I left off. However, this is a show I may actually watch: A new pilot about the golden days of flying on Pan Am – back when air travel was sexy. It definitely sounds interesting, especially because I never got a chance to fly Pan Am because they went under when I was 8 years old.
I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to fly back when people got dressed up – even in coach – and airlines took pride in their product. I flew American Airlines first class from San Francisco to NY last night and I was blown away at the cheapness of their lounge. I had to beg to get free wifi (apparently its only free for Admirals Club members) and couldn’t believe they sell bags of potato chips for $2.50. So much for a luxurious experience, but I understand it’s not just American who has cut back on amenities – even for premium class travelers.
That being said, air travel is much more accessible than it was in the past and relatively cheaper so I guess I shouldn’t yearn for “the good old days.” Especially since, back then, I doubt you could get 75,000 miles just for signing up for a credit card!