More than 20 years ago, legendary comedian, the late George Carlin, rattled off some of the more brilliant stand up you'll hear in the history of the profession. He unleashed his fervor and observational humor on flying, ranging from the inane rhetoric as part of the in flight announcements to the silliness that is the captain acting as though he's more important than he really is.
Those who were fans of Carlin undoubtedly remember how he questioned the flight attendants needing to tell you how a seat belt works or the phrase "please check your immediate seating area for anything you may have brought with you," suggesting that the phrase "immediate seating area" could be whittled down to just the world "seat" or asking how you can look for something that you "may" have brought on to the plane.
Everything Carlin said was spot on in how ridiculously outdated and inconsequential some of the airline announcements can be, and that was 20 years ago. The question is, however, has airplane travel really evolved much since then?
Of course, you can't ignore the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and how that changed airport awareness and security for the better and with safety at the forefront, which is where it belongs. No, this more about in the plane and just how not much as changed if you really think about it.
Let's start with the rolling beverage cart: hard to imagine no one could come up with something better than this burly, brutal beast of equipment that has served plenty of drinks and overpriced snacks but also smashed its fair share of elbows, too.
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