Since there were thousands of decks, such journeys could take a very long time, and so there was in-flight (or in-lift) entertainment similar to an airplane flight, awful elevator music, terrible food (according to the Cat), Lister felt claustrophobic, and an automated hostess who advised the occupants to commit suicide should anything go wrong (even demonstrating how to do so).
The lifts have been seen on other occasions and in other series, but only from the exterior. One notable appearance is the elevator seen in "Back in the Red III" (Series VIII) which is seen going down to the secretive Floor 13. This is where a classified prison, The Tank, is located, and the Floor 13 button can only be pressed with the use of a guard's key.
- Lister: "I hate this stuff. It really freaks me out!"
- Lift Hostess: "Thank you for travelling Xpress Lifts. Sorry for the delay."
Cat: "Apologize for the chicken! First meal I've ever had where the container tasted better than the food!"
- For the Red Dwarf Remastered version of Stasis Leak, extra shakiness was added to the elevators.
- Lister's claustrophobia is hinted at in the Xpress lift. This was also hinted at earlier, when he was in a space suit outside the ship with a crazed Confidence in the Series I episode "Confidence and Paranoia". Lister's claustrophobia would become a major plot point in the much later Series VII episode "Duct Soup".