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This morning my wife showed me this article from the Star Tribune (no login needed) about the past days of air travel, and my attention was caught by the photo of an air stewardess entertaining the passengers (except, apparently, for one fellow), by playing music on an electronic organ on a 1959 flight.

How far we have fallen since those days! Live music on a flight! Why aren't they doing that anymore? And look how big the seats are! These days airlines seem to be focusing entirely on cutting costs, and so they take away and take away from their passengers. Pretty soon they'll rip out all the seats and have everyone stand -- they take up too much room sitting down. If you pack them in tight enough and put a huge long strap around the bunch of them, they won't fall down when you go through turbulence. I'm sure we could easily quadruple the number of people on a flight.

Someday soon there's got to be a rebound -- the customers will revolt. Really, musicians are not that expensive when you divide by the number of passengers on a flight (especially if you don't have seats), and wouldn't you prefer to take the jazz flight to New Orleans instead of the boring old economy flight? It's like starting your vacation early. Likewise the blues flight to Chicago (or they could do jazz too I suppose). Or the Broadway show tunes flight to New York? There might not be as many takers for the polka flight to St. Paul, though.

Andre Guirard | 17 April 2008 08:46:49 AM ET | Home, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (7)


1) Air travel - a modest proposal
Erik | 4/17/2008 10:12:26 AM

linky no worky :)

Andre sez: try nowy.

2) Air travel - a modest proposal
Charles Robinson | 4/17/2008 10:50:03 AM

Live music on a flight? That's a fresh new hell I'd rather not endure. It's bad enough with the announcements blaring over the speakers so loud my ears distort, and the guy sitting next to me with headphones on so loud I hear everything clearly over my own headphones. Add someone warbling show tunes at me and I'll chew my way through the restraining strap and go for the jugular. :-p

3) Air travel - a modest proposal
Carl Tyler | 4/17/2008 11:28:45 AM

Virgin Atlantic have done that a few times over the last few years. If they had one of the virgin labeled bands on-board, they would sometimes have them perform.

4) Air travel - a modest proposal
Andre Guirard | 4/17/2008 11:30:41 AM

Charles, the solution to your neighbor's loud headphones is now available (unless they are cordless), since scissors below 4" in length are allowed on U.S. flights.

5) Air travel - a modest proposal
Don McNally | 4/17/2008 12:23:38 PM

Your comment about having people stand is funny. I said exactly the same thing a couple of weeks ago. I have also thought about mooing when in line to get on the plane since it feels like we're all treated like cattle anymore.

6) Air travel - a modest proposal
Charles Robinson | 4/17/2008 2:58:07 PM

Ooh! Thanks Andre, I didn't know that! I'll be packing heat (or at least scissors) to Dublin. ;-)

7) Air travel - a modest proposal
Rob Goudvis | 4/18/2008 12:48:20 AM

One thing that was not mentioned is: what was the fare of the airline tickets in those days? And please convert that to todays money (better not in $ but in €)

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