SkyMall files for bankruptcy after 25 years

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – The company that owns SkyMall magazine, one of the few charming distractions from the increasingly dreary modern flying experience, has filed for bankruptcy.

(Flickr Creative Commons)

(Flickr Creative Commons)

Xhibit Corp., the parent company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday in Arizona court.

“We are extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic ‘SkyMall’ brand find a home to continue to operate as SkyMall has for the last 25 years,” said Xhibit CFO and Acting CEO Scott Wiley.

For 25 years, airplane passengers have been browsing the quirky, terrible and terrific SkyMall products while waiting to take off.  From the motorized unicycle, to the glass that holds an entire bottle of wine, the pages of SkyMall are well-known to anyone who has flown on a plane — especially those who can remember life before cell phones and tablets.

The company hopes to make a comeback in some form, but it’s not clear what that might end up being.

In the meantime, however, here is an ode to the best and the worst of the beloved in-flight catalog:



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