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By Richard Martin

A magnificent array of garments, add-ons, and library fabrics used to be bought via reward and buy in the course of the Nineteen Nineties by way of The gown Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of artwork. including considerably to its finished assortment amassed over fifty-five years, the costumes span 3 centuries, starting with an impressive and infrequent silk damask brocaded English mantua of 1708 and together with a wide-ranging choice corresponding to a luxuriously embroidered and sequinned French mans ensemble of approximately 1765. a gleaming Agnès Drécoll gown en pannier of 1912, a gorgeous Charles James marriage ceremony costume of 1940, and a slinky gold-tone steel mesh Gianni Versace night costume of 1997–98.

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I have often witnessed the poor integrity of such products at point of service in-flight and cringed on behalf of the manufacturer, who is oblivious to the obvious pre-flight and in-flight abuses of their products. A practical example I can cite was a company which was supplying a chilled fruit smoothie product to one of the airlines. It became subject to a whole wave of passenger and crew quality complaints. The bottles showed evidence of having blown and the drink was reportedly rancid at point of service.

There was no ensuing evaluation of exactly how and why this could have happened to this officer yet again but it transpired afterwards that on her way to the airport in Johannesburg on the morning of the flight, she had stopped to buy in the shopping mall a healthy breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice. She had no food safety training and had no idea that something so perceivably healthy could pose such a dire threat to her health if not handled and stored correctly. Yet again this is an example of the direct connection between aviation food safety, the pilot factor and impact on the wider issues of aviation safety generally.

7% and 14 million more tourists than in 1999. 56 billion by the year 2020. 18 billion would be intraregional and 377 million would be long haul travellers. The WTO also noted in 2000 that the receipts registered for international tourism exceeded US$1 billion per year in 59 countries and suggested that: ‘the tourism industry is one of the biggest industries in terms of employment and contribution to GNP (Gross National Product). ’2 So having established the bare bones of exactly how critical are the presence of successful and effective aviation travel opportunities to the global economy, we need now to turn our minds back to the context of where safety breaches in the industry may impact on that situation.

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