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My aunts were both stewardesses in the same time frame. Even the children on flights back then ate with silver plated utensils.
It's still possible to fly in relative luxury. But it certainly isn't cheap.
Remember when people would get dressed up when they traveled by air?
I have traveled extensively beginning in the '60s until retirement in 1999. Travel used to be just like that first picture (although they were in First Class). Aircraft were comfortable, there was no security, people dressed to fly, food was great. Slowly it began to deteriorate. I was fortunate to have traveled First Class a lot and Business Class when it was developed in 1979. Today I wouldn't travel if you gave me a first class ticket anywhere in the world.
To be fair, air travel is WAY less expensive (using adjusted dollars) than it used to be. "In the 50s, a flight from Chicago to Phoenix could cost $138 round-trip -- that's $1,168 when adjusted for today's inflation. A one-way to Rome would set you back more than $3,000 in today's dollars." per https://www.huffpost.com/entry/air-travel-1950s_n_5461411#:~:text=In%20the%2050s%2C%20a%20flight,than%20%243%2C000%20in%20today's%20dollars. If you want to plunk down that kind of cash, you could fly in absolute luxury today too.