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August 20, 2013

Carol Burnett Show’s No Frills Airline

Filed under: Airline Travel — Laura Moncur @ 9:04 am

I’m sure this sketch was hilarious in the Seventies when it was aired on the Carol Burnett Show, but from the seats of the airlines in 2013, it’s like looking at what airline travel was in the past versus how it is now.

Look how HUGE the seats are! Look how much room there is between the seats and in the aisles. I realize this wasn’t a REAL airplane, but they tried to make it look realistic so that the audience would recognize that they were on an airplane. Here’s an advertising photo from that age, the seats and aisles really WERE that big.

Seventies Airlines had tons of room and big seats

Even more humiliating was the scene where the stewardess takes his coat and mashes it up.

No Frills Airline is better than we have today

She used it for an additional pillow for the first class passenger, but how many of you have had security do this EXACT same thing to the clothing you’re wearing during a security check? Not only that, they picked through my suitcase as well, until they found my nail clippers and “graciously” offered to let me “surrender” them.

Sometimes I feel like we are like the proverbial frog in a pot. If airline travel had been as miserable back in the Fifties and Sixties as it is today, the airline companies would never have been able to convince anyone to shell out the money to fly. We have been stewing in water that has heated to a boil slowly and this little froggie has hopped out. If they want me to fly, they can give me back a comfortable seat with more than six inches between me and the seat in front of me. Until then, I’ll drive.

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