Before what we now know as flight attendants, in-air service was provided by nurses.
An early United Airlines Flight, 1930, Chicago.
Is it time to return to having medical professionals on flights to care for air travelers? Certain prominent experts, including me, recommend this.
Consider the current situation…after a gantlet of lines, often without shoes or belts, today’s air travelers are herded onto the flight like cattle, into tiny, uncomfortable seats, that have hard, sharp parts that poke your knees and back.
The surfaces all around the traveler are coated with a strange, sticky film teaming with bacteria (Ebola). If you drop something onto the floor, consider it lost, as there is no space to reach it and, besides, is will be quickly overrun with germs (Ebola). So you sit for 5 hours without your iPhone ear buds and wonder what have you done to deserve such torture. Ebola. Ebola. Ebola.
Depending on the flight, one may be deprived of water and food for hours. And what can be purchased, if you have a credit card, as money is now banned, is often inedible.
Nearby passengers can be rude and dressed in t-shirts and wearing flip-flops. Coughing, sneezing and drooling. Ebola. Arm rest control battles are likely, with the most obese having the advantage.
Throughout the journey emotional abuse and hostility from the staff other passengers is possible.
It is time to go back to beginning of air travel and have skilled medical staff on hand for air travelers.
Image via Chicago Tribune.
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