My first trip to Greece, I flew on Olympic Airlines inaugural flight #411 from New York to Athens. It was a Boeing 747, the first from New York to Athens. The occasion was highly publicized in the USA, with a “Dancing in the Aisles” advertising campaign. My Dad treated me to the ticket and I remember him being so excited to be able to book me on that flight. They gave out a lot of memorabilia. It was a long, pleasant flight on a huge plane, and of course when we landed, there was applause that went on forever. I always enjoyed the applause when landing in Athens, but I’ve noticed over the past few years, it doesn’t happen very much anymore. I wish it still did. Now passengers are too busy turning the mobile phones off Airplane mode and checking email. After all, it’s been 10 hours.