Airport 1970,

Minute 028: Consider Every Angle

September 07, 2016

Guest Host: Peter J. Regan

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Tanya Livingston sits in a chair in the Trans Global Executive Lounge, while Mel sits opposite Mrs. Quonset on the sofa. Mrs Quonset continues to explain the methods she uses to stow away on planes. She says she gets past the stewardesses because “they’re always talking to the men.”

“I just show them my folder quickly, you see,” says Ada, waving a ticket folder. Tanya snatches the folder out of Mrs. Quonset’s hands. “I’ll keep that too,” says Tanya.

“But I’m sure you don’t always use a boarding pass,” says Tanya.

“No,” says Ada. “Sometimes I tell them that my son has gone aboard, but he dropped his wallet.” Ada reaches into her handbag. “I carry a man’s wallet in my — hand,” says Ada, quickly putting the wallet back in her handbag before Tanya can confiscate it. “That works best of all,” says Ada, snapping her handbag shut.

“I must say, Mrs. Quonset,” says Mel, “You’ve got everything figured out very carefully.”

Ada smiles. “My late husband taught me to be thorough,” says Tanya. “He was a teacher, of geometry. He always said, ‘You must consider every angle.’ ”

Mel smiles. Tanya says, “My late husband was a lawyer, and he always said, ‘Watch out for sweet-looking, innocent little old ladies.’  I’m beginning to understand what he meant.”

Mrs. Quonset leans forward with concern. “So, you’re a widow, too?” says Ada. “Oh, I’m sorry, my dear – – but you’re young and attractive and I’m sure –”

“Let’s confine the conversation to you, Mrs. Quonset,” says Tanya. “We’re sending you back to Los Angeles, on–”


In This Minute

Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Helen Hayes as Ada Quonset



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