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Reunion of the Fabled Pan Am Stewardesses

We don't need to be reminded of how miserable the flying experience is today, but it does help us as educated consumers to know what it used to be.

In the first decades of air travel, perhaps no job held more mystique than that of the Pan Am stewardess. CBS News Sunday Morning attended a reunion of the sophisticated women who made Pan Am such a glamorous name in midcentury travel—and for whom their adventures still inform their lives a half-century later. They went by the patronizing term "stewardess" back then, but these women were educated, worldly, and passionate about travel.

Just one of the other surprises: The airline used to serve Lobster Thermidor.