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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4051 times:
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Over the last 10 years in the US aviation industry, we've seen less and less in terms of not only service but also what was once given away in flight.

I recall being given things inflight such as:

paraphernalia:
aircraft wings (pins)
decks of cards (last time I thing I got one was on BA in 2003)
books

comfort items(once usually free, now some are for pay):
magazines
headphones/earpieces for IFE
ashtrays
peanuts
a full can of soda  Wink

I am sure I am missing other items but feel free to add what I might have missed

I've also acquired items such as TWA drinking glasses, though I don't think they were inflight.


Are there any carriers that still offer any paraphernalia today?


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7505 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

I remember plastic wings and USAir playing cards.

filler.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4009 times:



Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
headphones/earpieces for IFE

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.



Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
a full can of soda

My last flights on DL back in November, they were giving out full cans if you bought cocktails. That way you could make them as strong as you liked them.

Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
peanuts

Delta has peanuts listed on their EATS All Day Goodies menu.
http://www.delta.com/traveling_check...n/inflight_services/food/index.jsp


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).


User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

Anyone remember the small aircraft data cards NW gave to kids? I have a couple of the DC-9-30.

User currently offlineSalMonela From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

I also remember:

Post cards (UA / LH)
Stationary (UA)
Pens (UA)
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.


User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

Don't forget the KLM Dutch houses!  Smile These are still offered in business class.

http://www.klmdutchhouses.com/


User currently offlineKanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3958 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!)


User currently offlineN353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 825 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3857 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?

User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9076 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3848 times:
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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  Sad

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User currently offlineMeta From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

Some airlines still give stuff to kids. Recently on a KLM flight, my little sister got a little bag with a travel log, crayons, mini-coloring book which had a pop-out circus to play with.

User currently offlineAxio From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

In 1992, whilst on KLM, I was the recipient of a several of those foam jigsaw-like puzzles that assemble into cubes, and a Duck Tales comic. I can only assume I wasn't easy to fly with Big grin

The really neat thing (from my 12 y/o perspective) was that the Duck Tales was in Dutch, and made for a curious 'read' for a non-dutch speaker  Smile

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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9076 posts, RR: 76
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3812 times:
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Quoting Meta (Reply 9):

At LH kids still get things like that as well! Something to play with or some pens to paint something etc etc... Or some nice toys...

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User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3028 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3812 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!



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User currently offlineJlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

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.


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User currently offlineMeta From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3734 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 11):
At LH kids still get things like that as well! Something to play with or some pens to paint something etc etc... Or some nice toys...

Thank you for reminding me. When I was younger (about 6 years old) I got a bird puppet that was wearing a jacket with an LH symbol on it. I think I still have it somewhere.


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9076 posts, RR: 76
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3730 times:
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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.

 thumbsup  Yes it does! That was very nice from the F/A! Good job!

Quoting Meta (Reply 14):
Thank you for reminding me. When I was younger (about 6 years old) I got a bird puppet that was wearing a jacket with an LH symbol on it. I think I still have it somewhere.

Yeah, I remember them as well! But I don't have one!  cry 

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User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3710 times:

Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
a full can of soda Wink

I've been on a Freedom flight ATL-MCO where the flight attendant gave me a cup of ice and a whole can of coke. One of the nicest flight attendants I've ever seen.

Conversely, I've been on a ASA ATL-MOB flight where there was no ice.

[Edited 2008-04-17 14:44:46]

User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1872 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

Today Kingfisher gives a little bag with some candies, a pen and headphones you can keep with you.
The only thing you cannot have on board is a Kingfisher...
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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3679 times:



Quoting Meta (Reply 9):
Some airlines still give stuff to kids.

WN still gives a coloring book out to kids. I got one for my niece last Feburary on my way to visit my family in SEA.



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User currently offlineNed Kelly From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

I was once given a hot meal and a small bottle of wine at no extra charge. So long ago now, not sure if I dreamt it!

[Edited 2008-04-17 16:09:27]

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3545 times:
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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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User currently offlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1480 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

At WN we still have bag tags, wings, children's activity books, playing cards, pens, flying certificates....and if you ask for the can it's YOURS!


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21544 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3430 times:



Quoting United_Fan (Reply 1):
I remember plastic wings and USAir playing cards.

metal wings, baby.

but I can't recall headphones being free in my life on domestic flights. I always remember having to pay as a kid.

You can still get a can of soda. Just ask for it.

You can't still get ashtrays thank goodness.

Quoting Axio (Reply 10):
The really neat thing (from my 12 y/o perspective) was that the Duck Tales was in Dutch, and made for a curious 'read' for a non-dutch speaker

I got a Dutch garfield book as a kid. "Derde Garfield Pocket" or something like that. It was fun to read because I had the same book in English.



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User currently offlineCF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

When I was a little kid, airlines use to give out plastic carry on bags (the blue Pan AM bag you might see in older tv series such as Hawai five 0).

I know that MEA (up to recently) use to give away (or they still do) small silver plated plates with their logo on it.


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3365 times:

I remember once when you got on an aircraft and you were given a great flight with polite flight attendants who were helpful and seemed to enjoy their job's.

That has now sadly gone and i generally feel that i'm treated like a number/statistic/faceless name.

Where has the personality gone?

This is not just in Y, but in J and occasionally in F too.

Chris



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25 744 : I have got small model aircrafts on JAL and Air France Have received postcards of following airlines: JL, LH, AI, CX, KL, KE, LX, NH, 9W, SQ Toys for
26 Burkhard : Airlines never could give away anything for free. You just had payed it. Not long ago a return flight Germany-UK was two weeks salery - I could expect
27 SpencerII : I have quite a collection of airline branded gifts products etc. (i collect this stuff as a hobby) In the 60's & 70's airlines used to give smokers sm
28 Isitsafenow : And leave it us dinosaurs in the industry with the ultimate gift by the airlines... The FIVE PACK OF CIGARETTES Thats right kiddies, in the 50's on yo
29 TIMEAIR : I know P.W.A. (Pacific Western Airlines) prior to buying CP/WD had postcards in every seat pocket on every flight of aircraft type you were on (B737 o
30 BAKJet : I know that back when I flew Air NZ LAX-AKL and back in 2003 they gave out gift packs to kids that had some toys and souvenirs in them. Nobody I was t
31 LTBEWR : I recall that VS used to give out goodie packs, including a pen, a small notepad, and the like (have 2 of those pens someplace) and for children they
32 N53614 : Alaska used to have little plastic 727 toys they'd give out.
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