Flying! - Don Draper Style

  • May 17, 2015 4:00pm GMT

With the end of AMC's Mad Men, yet another link to our "high-style" travel of the 50s and 60s is left in the contrails of history. Not everyone could fly, so it was a special occasion. It was an "experience". We got dressed UP to fly. I don't know if it was so we could impress others, or if it was "just the way we did things". I think most of us are much more comfortable in our shorts and flip-flops these days, but are we missing something about how amazing it still is to travel across the country in a relatively short time.

We all love AMC's Mad Men, ABC's Pan Am, and Dreamworks Catch Me If You Can. We watch, smile and sometimes laugh, but isn't there just a small part of us that would like to experience air travel like that again?

Maybe that's just it. We'd much rather get from point A to point B, and we don't really care about the details. Maybe that's where I'm just a bit different. I do pay attention to what equipment I'm flying on, what our route is, how long each leg may be, and what seat I might get. I still try to hang on to just a little bit of that magic and enjoy the experience. Are there problems and delays? Of course, but I think it's just as important to make the journey part of the trip and not just the destination.

So while we're watching Don Draper smoke those last few cigarettes and drink that last cocktail, let's hold on to just a bit of that flair that was abundant in 60's air travel.

(Ding - flight attendant button) "Yes, can I have some more peanuts?"

Here are a few pictures, and videos from by-gone days of air travel.