Buy a Pan Am drinks trolley, commit to the fantasy of stay-at-home travel

Pan Am flight attendants in 1969
Pan Am flight attendants in 1969
Photo: Chris Hoffmann/picture alliance (Getty Images)

Despite the ongoing pandemic Americans seem to be increasingly taking to the skies, but we’re still locked out of most international destinations and air travel continues to feel like a risky decision. That doesn’t mean we can’t pretend that we’re traveling, though, and if we’re going to be living some kind of globe-trotting delusional fantasy we might as well invest in something like this Pan Am-branded in-flight service drinks trolley.

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Website homepage displaying Pan Am drinks trolley with text, "You will love your unique and authentic airline trolley in Pan Am Livery"
Screenshot: My Sky Cart (Fair Use)

As my wife can attest, there are many, many things that I have irrationally wanted to purchase, and this is now one of them. Made by one of the companies that manufactures trolleys for airlines, the cart is delightfully mechanical and retains all of the pedals and switches that (if you’re like me) you’ve always been tempted to play with but haven’t, for fear of being arrested by an undercover air marshal.

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The problem, other than the fact that my friends would think I’m an idiot and my wife would probably hit me on the head Tom-and-Jerry-style with a frying pan, is that the base model costs a hair under $1500. This is kind of a lot for a metal drinks trolley, even if it is branded after America’s most famous, spacious airline. But look, you’re going to need somewhere to store all of that airline food you’ve been ordering, so you might as well go all in and truly complete the illusion.

Jacob Dean is a food and travel writer and psychologist based in New York. He likes beer, less traveled airports, and is allergic to grasshoppers (the insect, not the mixed drink.)

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DISCUSSION

If it turned into bar cart or something, it wouldn’t be a horrible way to store liquor and have it be mobile. Maybe have it open up or rise up revealing your booze and glasses in some cool fashion.  Still expensive though.