Commercial aviation is known to be very glamorous in the 1930s, when airline tickets were very expensive and flying was a rare and special event for the wealthy, the only ones who could afford them.
Former Pan Am Vice President Thor Johnson commented, “It really was as glamorous as it looks.
“We served those beautiful meals, and people got dressed when they got on the plane. There were dress codes, but even without rules people would have dressed well.”
Passengers used to dress for the occasion, but according to Keith Lovegrove, author of Airline: Style At 30,000 Feet, “passengers stopped dressing for air travel at the same time that they stopped dressing for other occasions, such as shop”.