Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Visual History of Inflight Luxuries

While the modern flyer can now enjoy everything from on-demand entertainment to gourmet meals and generous sleeping arrangements, life in the skies hasn't always been this cozy — or convenient, or fun, or even healthy.

Since the first winged commercial flight in 1914 (a 23-minute open-air voyage across Tampa Bay in a tiny biplane), airlines have been constantly introducing new tweaks and treats that have gradually transformed flying into something an average of more than eight million passengers globally per day not only endure, but might actually enjoy. On this count, has led the way, earning the distinction of providing some of the most futuristic and luxurious inflight amenities (first-class shower spas and in-flight cell phone use, anyone?) Here's a look at how far the inflight experience has come over the decades:

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