What It Was Like to Fly in the 1930s (Passengers Slept in Real Beds!)

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  • Published on:  Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Getting on a plane to go somewhere today is almost as simple as catching a train or a taxi. But a century ago it was way more complicated. If you look at photos of aircraft passengers from the 30s, they’re rarely seen without their jackets or coats on. That wasn't just for the sake of fashion. It was really chilly inside since heated cabins were still rare back then.

    There were some things you couldn’t fix just by donning an extra layer of clothing. Remember those vomit bags that are still present on most jets, even though hardly anyone ever needs them anymore? They originated from a time when not puking during the flight was a real challenge.

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    TIMESTAMPS:
    Air travelers felt queasy 1:08
    Pilots couldn’t rise further than 15,000 feet from the ground 1:50
    There were louder than at a rock concert inside 2:13
    Planes were way more sluggish 3:02
    How much did air travel cost back then? 4:54
    Flying five-star hotel 5:52

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    SUMMARY:
    - The low pressure at high altitudes makes it more difficult for the body to absorb oxygen. Air travelers felt queasy and found it hard to breathe. ]
    - But the first commercial plane with a pressurization system didn’t emerge until 1938.
    - Another drawback of not having the normal pressure on board was turbulence. Without pressurization, pilots couldn’t rise further than 15,000 feet from the ground.
    - In the 1930s, many aircraft had either weak or no soundproofing at all. So people onboard had to deal with the sound of wind blasting by, and roaring engines.
    - During the 30s, one air trip from New York to Los Angeles took about 25 hours!
    - To get from one point to another, aviators needed to make over a dozen stops, as well as refuel a couple of times.
    - In 1938 you’d have to pay $243 for a week-long bumpy trip from London to Brisbane, Australia. That’s about $17,000 in today’s money!
    - And yet the 20s, and especially the 30s, were dubbed the golden age of flight, and for a reason.
    - Passengers had big and comfortable seats, and passengers could gaze out windows that were much more similar to train windows than the tiny plane ones we’re used to today.
    - The voyagers ate at real tables while their food was served on fine china dishes.
    - It’s hard to imagine, but these ships also had separate bathrooms for women and men, and even bunk beds for sleeping.
    - If the average cruise speed in the 1920s hovered around 100 mph, a decade later they could fly at about 200 mph.

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