The Golden Age of Air Travel in the 1950s Definitely Won't Fly Anymore

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The golden age of air travel is often remembered fondly as a time of helpful stewardesses and sumptuous airline meals. However, it was also a time when people didn't need an ID to board a plane, and smoking onboard was perfectly normal. And until the Civil Rights movement began to bring about change, air travel remained mostly for white passengers, which is far from golden, indeed.

Modern air travel guidelines and practices may be a hassle, but they're designed to keep passengers safe. And as COVID-19 continues to reshape the world, it's likely that airlines will need to develop new ways of keeping travelers healthy and (relatively) happy. Still, we can hope that at least a few of these comforts might come back.