by Emmett Smith
[British Overseas Airways Corporation]
Below is a real neat 1950 find from the online archives of WayBackMachine:
Now that airplane travel for us is just nasty and overcrowded, and it is a smelly experience made even more grubby by being ordered around by underpaid and undertrained “Homeland Security” halfwits and other low-IQ subcontractors, this video is a real neat look back at the pleasures of flight in the long-gone good old late-modern age.
The thing I get out this English film made fifty-nine years ago to build up the British aviation industry is that the clientle are all such obviously high-class people. Specifically, these are upper middleclass Englishmen, and their women and children. They are real enjoyable just to look at! Flying was expensive in those days, but that was real good because it kept out the riffraff.
In the first place that made for a high-class experience for everybody which is just swell with me, and that is what I for one mean by real “democracy” in the second place.
In the third place today it just sucks even to go to the airport and I’d be caught dead even trying to to begin with, plus it is a bunch of struggling around through false-modern and always just kind of gooey air terminals. There is an odor all over the place of toiletbowl cleaner which at least used to be covered up by the smell of cheap cigarets. The throngs of needleheads and would-be terrorists are suffocating and annoying. Also there are just too many of us Americans floundering around everywhere and getting in the way all over. This goes on all around the World too, usually in sports shirts, shorts and halter tops. When I travel I mean I want to get AWAY from the same old crap and no doubt about it, really we are probably just about getting the Moslems we deserve. If you even doubt me on that one just look at this film all over again, at those nice gracious English people, all being polite and all keeping their shirts on. They are just plain charming to see “doing their own thing” and their kids look nice too. Anyway I am not a fool and gave up on the diseased experience of overcrowded sniffling commercial flight in 1988, way before it became the rotten Hell in the sky of today. It’s about like going to an epidemic now anyway you cut it, yuck. And so anyway, I won’t go again unless it can be on a TWA Constellation airliner. Compared to THAT plane our Baby Boom junk is all just crap….
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 19 January 2009]