You Won't Believe What Airplane Food Looked Like In The '60s

These are NOT your average peanuts.
05/03/2016 09:28am ET

By now, we're fairly used to airplane food looking like sludge and/or goo, sprinkled with unidentified foreign objects and maybe, if you're lucky, a free bag of legumes or two.

But OH, what it used to be.

Images surfaced online last week from the cabin of a Scandinavian Airlines plane in 1968, where passengers noshed on a literal smörgåsbord of delicious items mid-flight:

An "air hostess" serves what the airline calls its "Scandinavian country-style buffet," 1968.
Is that charcuterie? On a plane?! Yes, yes it is.
Scandinavian Airlines was the first carrier to cross directly over the North Pole in 1953. We're guessing their onboard food offerings were just as impressive to customers.
A "steward" slices meat for passengers. Now THAT'S in-flight entertainment.

These images are indeed "from actual flights," a spokesperson from Scandinavian Airlines told HuffPost. They were re-released to celebrate the airline's 70th birthday this year.

Their commemorative website rounds up tales from former passengers, who recall a glamorous age in which everyone wore their Sunday best to board a plane and flight attendants sang real-life lullabies. On other carriers, lobster was a common main dish (with real silverware!), and free booze became the norm.

Of course, flying is a little less fabulous these days. Here's hoping history repeats itself very soon.

Happy travels!

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