National Geographic : 1957 Mar
434 A Box Lunch Intrigues Air Passengers. What Treasures Will It Yield? Oranges! "So much roast beef, chicken, eggs, and chocolate!" Klara exclaimed. "But where is the bread?" To her surprise, it came in a can. But the oranges made the biggest hit. The family had seen them only three times a year-on May Day, Constitution Day, and Stalin's birthday, and one orange might cost a worker nearly half a day's wages. Carrying a paper bag, the flight attendant collects orange and apple peels that must not be taken into the United States because of Department of Agriculture regulations. MATS flight attendants found the Hungarians exceedingly cooperative. "Such fastidious people," one girl said. "They pick up everything, and tell me not to work so hard. One young man pointed at pictures in a magazine and asked the English words for everything. Then he proposed to me." We had no official interpreter. The father, prompted by the flight attendant, told his compatriots when to stop smoking and fasten seat belts. Because of bad winter weather, some MATS planes made out-of-the-way stops in Iceland and Bermuda. A ladies' club in Bermuda gave stylish English clothes to the Hungarians. When they came back aboard, the crew barely recognized them.