Airline passengers in the 1930s and 1940s fully expected a flat bed to sleep on.
Imagine airline beds as upper and lower bunk beds with mattresses and sheets.
Pullman-style private curtains.
You might even get breakfast in bed.
Cheaper fares introduced in the 1940s separated the haves and have-nots.
Some airlines went as far as offering four classes – deluxe (upper first class), first, tourist and economy.
The two-class model was still the most popular.
By the 1970s, More than 200 people could fly at the same time.
First-class passengers no longer had flat airline beds but still enjoyed more space and more comfortable seats.
Roman Class or Kipper Class
While first-class and business-class passengers can now enjoy double airline beds and quad suites (!), economy passengers are crammed in.
Perhaps the airlines could copy ancient Roman elite dining practices.
(They lay on couches while dining).
Provide a pillow or headrest that can be raised at the head end of the bed.
Add a fold-down tray table.
The space for the fold-down tray table could turn into extra bed length for sleeping.
The flight attendants could slide a tray of food onto the table even if it is at shoulder height.
Passengers would eat reclining on one elbow, supported by the pillow.
The food would have to be finger food or only require a spoon or fork.
Dancing girls and pipers? Not for economy travelers, I think.
There are many reasons for why wouldn’t work, including safety harnesses, securing children etc.
But it still sounds a much more appealing idea than kipper class below.
Airplane manufacturers release sketches like this one regularly.
But, thank goodness, they haven’t taken off.
Happy Make Your Bed Day.
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