National Affairs: Broomstick at the Mast

Passengers on the big old Boeing flying boat Bermuda Sky Queen began complaining almost as soon as she took off from Foynes, Eire. The Sky Queen's owners, American-International Airways, Inc., had provided few comforts for her nonscheduled flight to Baltimore. She carried 62 passengers and seven crew members—one of the biggest human cargoes ever crammed into a transatlantic airplane. After a night in the air, the complaints grew. The steward served nothing but orange or tomato juice for breakfast, told passengers tartly that he "had other things to do beside cook food."

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