Remember the way flying used to be?
Flying to my first ever PyCon. It's in Portland this year. This will be the first of several travel and/or programming related lists. Here are some observations about how air travel had changed since my youth
- •You didn't have to pay for checked bagfage
- •There were little phones in the seatNext to your tray table. You could make very expensive in flight phone calls. They had credit card readers in them.
- •Safety presentations used to be a whole productionNot just a perfunctory mention of the "safety cards"
- •You had to wait until 20 minutes into the flight to use any electronicsThe wait to pull out my Gameboy and Walkman were excruciating
- •Cell phones had to be turned off, even when they were in airplane mode
- •There used to be complimentary snacks
- •Airports used to have metal detectors instead of those creepy naked X-ray machines
- •You didn't used to have to take off your shoes
- •They used to give you tiny scratchy blankets on cold flights
- •Sometimes they even gave you tiny stiff pillows for sleeping
- •I know I was a lot smaller back then, but it feels like airplane bathrooms used to be bigger?
- •Also, not quite an observation of then vs now, but why do airplane bathrooms still have ashtrays?