Thursday, January 31, 2008

Come Fly With Me .......and Pack Light !!!!!!

This just In....

Fly Naked on Germany's First Nudist Holiday Flight
Filed at 6:03 a.m. ET

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German nudists will be able to start their holidays early by stripping off on the plane if they take up a new offer from an eastern German travel firm.
Travel agency said it would start taking bookings from Friday for a trial nudist day trip from the eastern German town of Erfurt to the popular Baltic Sea resort of Usedom, planned for July 5 and costing 499 euros ($735).
"It's expensive, I know," managing director Enrico Hess told Reuters by phone. "It's because the plane's very small. There's no real reason why a flight in which one flies naked should be more expensive than any other."
The 55 passengers will have to remain clothed until they board, and dress before disembarking, said Hess. The crew will remain clothed throughout the flight for safety reasons.
"I wish I could say we thought of it ourselves but the idea came from a customer," Hess told Reuters by phone. "It's an unusual gap in the market."
Naturism, or "free body culture" (FKK) as it is known in Germany, was banned by the Nazis but blossomed again after the Second World War, particularly in eastern Germany.
"There are FKK hotels where you can go into the restaurants and shops naked, for example," Hess said. "For FKK fans -- not that I'm one of them -- it's nothing unusual."

"I don't want people to get the wrong idea. It's not that we're starting a swinger club in mid-air or something like that," he added. "We're a perfectly normal holiday company."
I knew this was coming...there are businesses devoted to nudist travel including resorts, cruises, beaches, campgrounds, etc. The air was the last frontier shall we say. I dont know about you, but in my earlier years, I had explored this naturist culture and I have to tell you its not for me. I don't even like to be in my home-by myself, shades and curtains drawn, dogs outside, lights off-naked. BUT--> the first time I went to a nude beach in Miami I was quite comfortable. Perhaps it was observing an entire family-grandparents, parents, teenagers and babies- (German) playing volleyball, eating sandwiches and generally cavorting in the sand. In this venue with grandma to compare myself to, I looked like a runner up in a beauty contest. "Hey Grandma! , I'll bet my 40 D's against your 40 LONGS that I can beat you at volleyball!"
I am a "live and let live" person, and applaud this airlines ingenuity in widening their customer base. I, however, in the interest of community visual health, will keep my clothes on.


Joe said...

I will pass! From my flying experience, there have been way too many people on the flight that I absolutely do not want to see naked or in their skinny minnies!

Teresa said...

When I lived in Germany they had a show on called Tutti Frutti, which was basically Wheel of Fortune with a topless "Vanna." The military guys loved it. I thought it was stupid, but what I do love about the Germans is they know and believe that the human body is beautiful and don't freak out over everything.

Cowgirl Betty said...

I remember hanging out at Vondelpark in Munich and seeing all the nude subathers cavorting and playing. Some were shy, but the older folks were proudly prancing and conversing in their full natural glory--lumps, bumps, girth, knobbynknees, and all. (The city government even posted signs on the mass transit system to the park that nude customers were not permitted.) It's the same in a gym. A lot of the younger folk hide in a stall, and the grandmamas will hold lengthy conversations with each other while naked. Perhaps we get fewer hangups as we get older!