Aviation sure has changed. Back in the 1980s, airports were filled with DC-10s, 727s, DC-9s, and a number of L-1011s sprinkled in for good measure. Airline seats were roomy and cabins were filled with smoke. Passengers complained about bad airline food but those that flew would get three square meals, not just peanuts. It was a different era. Some things were better, some weren’t.
This video posted by VideofromGeorge is a rare insight into a flight from Chicago O’Hare to Orlando, Florida. Filming a flight back in the ’80s wasn’t an easy task. The person that filmed this video probably had a large TV-style video camera with a Betamax or VHS tape. He captured a very different era of commercial aviation than what exists today. He captured the safety announcements and even the announcement right after departure that made every non-smoker cringe, “Cigarette Smoking Is Now Permitted At Your Seat.”
Check out the video, you’ll be treated to a host of Eastern aircraft along with United and Continental DC-10s and 727-200s. Those Saul Bass colors were beautiful!