United Had Men-Only Flights Until 1970. Here’s The Manly Services They Offered.
“These flights were operated by DC-6B aircraft and later Caravelles. Flights mostly operated at 5pm in each direction between the two cities(generally six days a week excluding Saturdays). They didn’t just ban women, but children also, and flight attendants catered to these business flights with special meals and offered complimentary cigars.
They offered ‘last minute message service’ (to make a call on behalf of the passenger back to the office) and the flights also had a teletype business news update with closing market prices. This was co-branded with the Wall Street Journal at one point. …
Likely apocryphal but there’s a story that United sent vouchers to the wives of passengers on these Executive flights, ‘A special invitation for wives whose husbands like to fly’ or something to that effect. They then surveyed those who redeemed the vouchers, and the most common response was ‘what flight?'”