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Good Old Days: Mail Sent For Free From The Plane  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Thinking back to the "golden days", which for me were the 80s (sorry I'm not old enough to have experienced the really good times), I remember when flying longhaul I always wrote a couple of letters to friends, my grandparents and one to myself. The envelopes, paper and postcards, all airline themed, were available in pockets on the bulkheads. The passengers would give the letters to the cabin crew, and after arrival the letters were mailed from the destination. This was on Germany-South America Lufthansa flights. They mailed as many letters as you wanted to, and it was free.

Which other airlines did this? When did it stop? Do you remember this practice at all?

Soren

[Edited 2006-07-31 21:54:44]


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User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Swiss still have postcards in their bulkheads, along with timetables and often pens etc.

It is a nice touch. I am not sure about mailing it though!


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

JL has postcards and stuff as well; I don't know that they mail things for you, though. They probably would if you were in the J or F cabin and asked nicely.

Steve


User currently offlineATLTraveler From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

I had forgotten to drop my stamped post cards into a mailbox in Auckland. So I requested the Air New Zealand staff nicely if they could drop them back into the mailbox when they got back. They refused saying that the US law did not allow them do that. They were not nice about it either. I asked two different members of the crew..same dry answer...so I now have half a dozen unmailed cards  Smile

User currently offlineAntares From Australia, joined Jun 2004, 1402 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

Qantas and TEAL later Air New Zealand had in flight letters and envelopes in first class, posting complimentary.

But they also had cigars, and roast lamb on a spit, rare at one end and well done at the other, cut to your choice at your seat. And no it wasn't barbequed on board. It was cooked to perfection shortly before doors closed. You could smell the feast as it was loaded onto the 707s and DC-8s.

Antares


User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

Singapore airlines F class has stationary kits at each seat. The will mail your letters free of charge, worldwide.


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User currently offlineJonno From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

Quoting ATLTraveler (Reply 3):

"Can you give me better service?" "I'm sorry, sir... the Law does not allow us to give good service." Just as ridiculous.
 biting 


User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

Quoting ATLTraveler (Reply 3):
They refused saying that the US law did not allow them do that.



Quoting Jonno (Reply 6):
the Law does not allow us to give good service.

Think about it. The airlines has no process in place through its administration or catering areas to mail postage for customers. So what do you want the individual crew to do? Take it for you, clear customs/security with it - not only in US but again in NZ, and then post it on arrival???

1. It is a big ask anyway. Quite a favour I think.

2. Would anyone in their right mind(!) accept packages, mail or postcards and carry them on behalf of a stranger? Granted a postcard cannot conceal any device/drugs/prohibited items. But it could carry traces of drug or explosive residue. Where would the crew member stand in that situation if it were detected? "Oh but this customer gave it to me. He seemed OK and I just wanted to give good service..." Yeah right.

The crew did not have to be rude but I would at least be quite frank to you about the issues involved. With all due respect (seriously) you are ignorant to think that these crew are failing to give you good service or are wrong in any way. Only a fool would do as you requested.

They are flight attendants NOT post men. It is nice when people go above and beyond for customers. But to do so in this case would be plainly foolish.


User currently offlineSuperhub From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

CX doesn't have them in seat pockets. But you can ask for them from the crew. And as long as you put your letter in a CX envelope, then CX will mail it for you too.

User currently offlineATLTraveler From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Quoting Miami1 (Reply 7):
2. Would anyone in their right mind(!) accept packages, mail or postcards and carry them on behalf of a stranger? Granted a postcard cannot conceal any device/drugs/prohibited items. But it could carry traces of drug or explosive residue. Where would the crew member stand in that situation if it were detected? "Oh but this customer gave it to me. He seemed OK and I just wanted to give good service..." Yeah right.

Well..that sounds good in theory but a lot of airlines do accept post cards/letters for mailing. I have travelled on quite a few airlines. A Kuwait Airways staff member was more than happy to do it for me as well as a singapore airlines lady who said no problem at all.

just my 2 cents !


User currently offlineJonno From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

I HARDLY think mailing a postcard for a passenger who's shelled out hundreds or thousands of dollars is a Capital Crime. Rather than hide behind the law, why not just say you're too bleeding cranky and lazy to perform a favour? If hundreds of passengers did this daily, I could understand. It just sounds like sour grapes and crap attitude to me.

User currently offlineMiami1 From Australia, joined Feb 2001, 706 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

There is a difference between the airline having a service where they post pax mail through a set procedure with catering or admin process and an individual crew member taking possession of the item. Can you not see the ramification of a crew member taking personal possession of the item and clearing security and customs with it? You have not addressed my point in that regard.

Yes in years gone by crew would collect postage items and pass on in a bag to the catering company or cleaning or admin departments who would post the letters - it would have been a service offered by the airline who would take responsibilty. This is completely different to a crew member assuming individual responsibility for the item.

Lets say I offered to post your item on my own accord (ie. the company doesn't offer the service but I am going above and beyond)... What would happen if the item now in my possession was swab-tested and foind position to drug or explosive residue? Think about it, Jonno.


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9642 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

To go back to the original post about Lufthansa doing this, I believe they still will for first class passengers. They have letterhead availabe for use and those same pockets with post cards and other materials. I'm not sure if this is available for business class, but I doubt it is for economy.


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