AirTran gives out earbud headphones for their inflight XM service. From what I've heard, they're not all that great; I brought my own pair the only time I've flown them since they installed the product.
I think most airline swag is only made for the employees these days, unless it's something like a flight inaugural. I've got a Delta bag tag that was given out to employees when the new livery was unveiled. Some of this stuff ends up on eBay within hours (if not moments).
SalMonela From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4861 times:
I also remember:
Post cards (UA / LH)
Comic book (DL)
You can still get amenity kits on international flights.
Life vest (oh wait, maybe I wasn't supposed to take that)
And if you're lucky enough to be on an inaugural flight I've seen DL give out all sorts of commemorative souvenirs.
Kanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4825 times:
Playing cards, wings (metal, not plastic!), stationary, all were commonplace until the mid-70s it seemed. Last 'gift' item I got was on a KE flight LAX-SEL back in '98... we had a choice of some sort of women's giftpack, a set of CDs of Korean traditional music, and a third item that doesn't come to mind. I chose the CDs although I don't recall ever listening to them!
Since then there've been lots of pajamas and amenity kits as are handed out regularly on int'l F flights but the only time I get anything else is when I fill out a survey or something. Thus far I've received several CX keychains, a few SQ pens that're decent quality (ergo, not made of cheap plastic), and some really nice BA luggage tags (that were stolen between JNB and LHR, BASTARDS!)
N353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4724 times:
Sort of off topic, but I remember (at least I think I remember) flying on NW in the late 80s and, being a kid, being allowed to visit the cockpit in flight. Is this right? did airlines allow kids in the cockpit in flight way back when?
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4715 times:
Quoting N353SK (Reply 7): Sort of off topic, but I remember (at least I think I remember) flying on NW in the late 80s and, being a kid, being allowed to visit the cockpit in flight. Is this right? did airlines allow kids in the cockpit in flight way back when?
Until 9/11 many airlines (depending on crew) allowed kids or other passenger to visit us in the cockpit! Or sometimes stay there during landing... But that's pretty much over now
4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3120 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4679 times:
Perhaps off topic, but I was in an antique store in Bisbee Arizona, and in addition to the usual airline (some extinct!) playing cards and such you encounter in these stores, they had a beautiful old Swissair ashtray, complete with solid metal 4 holer plane seemingly zooming above the tray portion. It was pretty big, too; about 10 inches wide. (It was awesome, but not worth the price they were asking...)
I do own some ashtrays, cards, swizzle sticks, and postcards.
I also remember getting metal "wings", that were actual pins and not stickers!
Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7459 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4412 times:
Quoting Star_world (Reply 5): Don't forget the KLM Dutch houses! These are still offered in business class.
Wow, now there is something I've never heard of. Pretty unique! Thanks for the link. They are gifts or offered for sale in J?
Quoting Kanebear (Reply 6): Thus far I've received several CX keychains, a few SQ pens that're decent quality (ergo, not made of cheap plastic), and some really nice BA luggage tags (that were stolen between JNB and LHR, BASTARDS!)
What kind of BA luggage tags? THey always popo back up on ebay if you need.
Quoting Jlbmedia (Reply 13): My wife and I were flying on UA on our anniversary, and the flight attendant gave us a free bottle of champagne. Dose that count? John.
THat counts, nice novel gift. Same happened as we disembarked from AA on our honeymoon. ALl wrapped in bubblewrap and ready to go.
Quoting Teva (Reply 17): The only thing you cannot have on board is a Kingfisher...
Now that is.....very odd.
Quoting Ned Kelly (Reply 19): I was once given a hot meal and a small bottle of wine at no extra charge.
*sighs* doesn't that still occur on non-US lines?
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