tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 6330 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9056 times:
I remember the Mutual of Omaha life insurance machine where you could buy life insurance right there on the spot if you wished. Just fill out the form, put it and the needed money in the envelope and feed it into the machine.
At least that's what I remember, I was between 5 and 8 when I remember seeing them and playing around with them...
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I don’t know that I am unafraid to be myself, but it is hard to be somebody else. -W. Shatner
??? It is rare to have to pay for them at all - in those cases where they are paid (MAD for example) I curse the living daylights out of the airport; I expect this to be a free service. If it's too expensive for them, just add a few cents to the airport charges.
redflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4494 posts, RR: 27
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8570 times:
Good looking flight attendants walking through the terminal to board their flights...what I would give on these 8+ hour flights I regularly take to Europe to be able to look up at the gate before boarding and see model-like stunners getting ready to board my flight. Instead, nowadays I get the impression my flight is carrying exchange animals for the destination city's zoo.
ERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6857 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8470 times:
Hahaha..I love the fact they used the Observation Deck at RDU as their picture.. Funny enough, RDU has 2 observation decks.. one for each runway.. Still one of the coolest and best places to planespot.. When the AA 767 takes off daily, it can get quite full... literally on a daily basis, it gets full just for hte 767 to take off..
If only there were more widebody passenger service..
BWI5OH From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 177 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8318 times:
I remember at BWI, the "SmartCart" luggage carts cost $1 (early 90's). If and when you returned the card, you got .25 back! I guess it was an incentive to return the cart, but didn't work out that way. There was one guy who was there EVERYDAY following people with their carts. As they finished with them, he'd wisk them back to the cart dispenser for the quarters. Unfortunately, he was deaf and mute and scared the heck out of many people. Even still, he probably made $50-$60 a day.
planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8294 times:
Quoting hufftheweevil (Thread starter): The picture they have of different luggage tags is pretty cool. Does anyone have a collection that includes these types of historic tags?
I have a huge collection of them dating back to the early to mid 1970s. Added an EA tag for PBI late last year when I cleaned out my grandfathers house. I may actually have more PBI tags than any other.
I remember wanting to buy some sort of address book type of thing from Brookstone in the 80s because it looked like the board and name a similar sound. I had no intent to use it for addresses, just for displaying flight information relative to my toy planes.
Just completed the following DXB/BAH/DOH/SIN/KUL/BKI/SDK/BKI/SIN/DOH/FRA/GOT all without
a baggage cart payment. Still got GOT/IST/DXB to do & they don't have these charges either
Quoting BuyantUkhaa (Reply 13): Umbrellas handed out in the rain as you went up/down the air stairs
MAS hand them out at BKI, well they did 3 days ago, as did Air Asia X on the same day
DC3's, especially on flights where you had to have your seat belt done up to make it possible stay in
The West London Air Terminal (& others like it), when there was a bus for every BEA flight
Cargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1288 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8158 times:
I certainly don't miss the smoking or the Hare Krishnas, two fixtures of airports in the 1980s.
When smoking went away, I remember wondering why the airport suddenly smelled so different - I had just assumed that airports smelled like old taxis (you could smoke in those too, once upon a time) because of all the Jet exhaust, stale coffee, and diesel fuel from the trucks and ground equipment. Turns out it was the Marlboro Man. If you're too young to remember the heavy odor of cigarettes in the airport, don't be nostalgic for it - it wasn't pleasant.
I do hope that observations decks could make a comeback - most, though not all, airports want their patrons to appreciate the place and tell their friends about their experience. Flying is much more routine now than when those early observation decks were built, so there isn't as much fascination - but some airports love to post instagram photos of travelers photographing their airport, so I think there's some hope there. It would be nice for airports to be more engaged with the communities they serve, and showing off the action is one way to do that.