From the archive: the future of flying, as seen in 1967

Soon, getting on an aeroplane will be like hopping on a bus

‘Flying is not yet quite like hopping on a bus – but within 10 years it will be,’ reckoned the Observer Magazine of 26 March 1967, as it considered ‘the new horizons of the airborne age’ in which ‘we’ll be able to holiday cheaply in Kenya, weekend in Australia’.

In an unsurprisingly sexist lineup of 11 air hostesses (‘Spot your air girl’ was news of a different kind of air miles): ‘A recent experiment with a pedometer showed that an Air India hostess walked 9.5 miles up and down the aisle during the flight from London to New York and back.’

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