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1) There don't seem to be any seat belts mandated by the FAA. How did these people survive each flight without seat belts??
2) Look at how well dressed everyone is. Compare this to the average flight today. Maybe United will re-create a nice cabin like this the day people start to take pride in their own appearance.
The seatbelts come out of the sides towards the back.
The seats are no bigger than the current seats since they always choose the smallest people for ads. If you notice the guy in the front right and the one in the row behind him, their shoulders are on the edge of the adjacent seats and they never put 3 people next to each other and always put 2 since putting 3 would show how cramped the spaces are. The guy has his both arms on the arm rest which is only about 4 inches wide and if there was another man of his size on his left, that man would not be able to use the armrest, nor would he be able to extend his shoulders as if he were to sit in the same manner, their shoulders would occupy about 5-6 inches of the same space. The guy behind him has his left side leaning on the window so that his right shoulder looks like it is not past the edge of his seat.None of the women on the front are resting their arms on the inside armrest since the guys are and on the outer couples, one of them is sitting or leaning forward diagonally while the middle couple are sitting as far from each other as they can with the woman having her legs towards the aisle and the guy has his legs extended to his right. The seats had maybe 2 inches more of leg room but that was about it and there were more open areas between the front seats and the walls covering the stations.
Plane travel was still a luxury, meaning planes cost more than they are now and by today's prices, you would have to pay at least 1500 or more for a single ticket, so those who could spend money traveled by plain mostly, and people actually cares about others and tried to look good not just for themselves but for others as well and you did not have stinking nasty looking people getting onto planes in tank tops, stinking of sweat, talking as loud as they can with each other while rudely looking back at people who stare at them. And even though smoking was allowed everywhere in the planes including the pilots' cabin, the planes did not smell like ashtrays.
Maybe its because even an economy seat was pretty pricey back then compared the cheap as possible/as many as possible route all the airlines take nowadays.
Yes, it should be noted that these folk probably paid the equivalent of $3,000 for their tickets. That's why they're so nicely dressed, and why you and I would be riding the Greyhound bus. Say what you will about the airline deregulation, and horrible airline service, but these days most people CAN travel 1,000+ miles in just 2 hours.
Greyhound in the 1960's was like air travel is today.
First PanAm B747 flight was on Jan 22nd 1970.
I'm betting this is not a real plane, but a mock-up for shooting commercials. The space in front of the first row is just too big for any airline to leave vacant. I flew economy in the seventies and never saw a plane with this much empty space, or such high ceilings.
Yes, it's a Boeing promotional photo of a mockup. The 747 didn't fly commercially in the 1960s -- it wasn't test-flown until 1969.
The fact it is a mockup is interesting. Mcnab's post described most of it perfectly, all I would add is look at the ceiling height, there is way more free headroom there making it feel spacious. Drop the ceiling to a proper 747 and things feel more cramped.