Airport 1970,

Minute 049: Thank You for Calling

October 06, 2016

Guest Host: James O’Kane

James is an industrial design engineer living in Portland, Oregon. He claims to be the son of one of the co-hosts of the show, although Mark has hired an army of attorneys to refute the paternity. James grew up watching Airport almost weekly, and says that the film has shaped his frequent-flying career in seeking out fireplaces in Delta Sky Clubs. There’s apparently one in Memphis, for example.


Inez Guerrero is talking to a Trans Global Customer Service agent on the phone, about flights to Rome.

“Our Golden Argosy, Flight Two – it departs at Ten PM,” says the agent, ” only tonight it’s delayed one hour, due to weather conditions.”

“Well, could you — it’s very important to me to find out if somebody is on that flight,” says Inez. “His name is D. O. Guerrero.”

“Well, I’m terribly sorry,” says the agent, “we’re not allowed to give out that information.”

“You don’t understand,” says Inez. “The person I’m asking about is my husband.”

“Well, I – I’m sorry,” replies the agent, “but it’s a company rule. Well… you might go out to the airport. If you can get there before they board the flight, you could see your husband if he’s there.”

“I see,” says Inez. “Well, that’s the only way, I suppose… Thank you. Thank you.”

“Thank you for calling Trans Global,” says the agent.

The scene wipes to Trans Global Flight 2, parked on the tarmac. The scene shifts again to the interior of the empty plane. Vern and Gwen are seated at the rear of First Class.

“Why didn’t you tell me this before?” asks Vern.

“I tried,” says Gwen.


In this minute

Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Maureen Stapleton as Inez Guerrero
Unknown as Trans Global travel agent
Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
Jacqueline Bisset as Gwen Meighen



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