Airplanes Here's What Airplane Food Used To Look Like  

Mick Jacobs
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List Rules Vote up the meals you would trade the last of your legroom for.

While most forms of travel have improved over the years, airplanes appear to be getting worse. Nothing illustrates the decline of air travel quite like photos of how airplane food used to look. Before they took away legroom and liquids, airlines started doing away with the fancy dining options. Once a luxury enjoyed by the poshest of people, air travel included meals on fine china alongside cigarettes for sale; today, you're lucky to receive a free plastic cup of water.

Old photographs reveal all the different things passengers once got away with on airlines. After all, what's more shocking: people smoking on airlines, or people partaking of a full Southern-style buffet? Either way, it's enough to make you reach for an oxygen mask.

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1950s - They Know Future Generations Will Never Get An Airline Meal Like This


1950s - They Know Future Gener... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Here's What Airplane Food Used To Look Like
Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images/Rights-managed
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Does this look appetizing?
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1966 - Getting A Full Cake


1966 - Getting A Full Cake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Here's What Airplane Food Used To Look Like
Photo: SAS Scandinavian Airlines/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
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Does this look appetizing?
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1955 - Boys Eating More Food Than You Get In A Standard Airline Meal


1955 - Boys Eating More Food T... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Here's What Airplane Food Used To Look Like
Photo: Stan Wayman/Getty Images/Rights-managed
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Does this look appetizing?
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1998 - Wait, The Concorde Did This In The '90s?


1998 - Wait, The Concorde Did ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Here's What Airplane Food Used To Look Like
Photo: Etienne DE MALGLAIVE/Getty Images/Rights-managed
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Does this look appetizing?