08/07/2014 11:33 BST | Updated 08/07/2014 11:59 BST

Flying In The 'Golden Age': No Security Checks, Better Scotch But 5 Times More Likely To Die

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With the latest draconian restrictions on air passengers now including a warning to keep mobile phones charged lest they be mistaken for an IED, it's time to reminisce once more about the "Golden Age Of Flying"™.

When men came out of the womb already dressed in starched suits, and women didn't let a little feminism get in the way of their mini skirts, when you could smoke yourself silly on a six-hour flight, and airline food came on starched linen.

But was it really a golden age? And would you be comfortable with the security measures that were in place in the 1950s?

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