When Flying out of LaGuardia Airport was this Easy [VIDEO]

Posted on: March 4th, 2016 at 10:44 am by
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Herewith, a great little clip showing the ease with which passengers moved through LaGuardia Airport in the 1940s.

Ah, to not wait on line like sheep for frisking. Shoes on; no laptops; hell, no security.

Note how everyone in the shot is dressed to the nines. High society. To afford a plane ticket in the 1940s, you had to be. A flight from New York to Kansas City around this time would cost approximately $52, or $440 in today’s dollars.

It’s getting that way again…

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Photo: Gizmodo

It’s worth reminiscing that LaGuardia Airport is built on a former amusement park. The resorts, amusements, and other buildings of the so-called North Beach (including the East Coast’s first Ferris Wheel) were destroyed in 1929 to pave a private airfield named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport, ancestor to North Beach Airport, and later, what’s there today. It was the eponymous mayor who, in the late 1930s, converted the land for commercial flights. The airport itself was dedicated on October 15, 1939 as the New York Municipal Airport.

Its name was changed to Laguardia Airport in 1953.

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