Airport 1970,

Minute 092: Repeat, Strong Probability

December 06, 2016

Guest Host: Peter J. Regan

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel with the new name of the hotel written on a bedsheet and draped over the sign with the old name of the hotel, thank Peter. He’s a long-time veteran of the hospitality resort industry, and makes sure your hotel experience is something to rave about on TripAdvisor. When he’s not complaining about the size of the bath towels, he’s expounding on what’s wrong with movies. Mark and Jim have known Peter since high school, and he’s always been like this. Except for the bath towels part. That’s new.


Vern gets ready to copy down the New York TGA dispatcher’s message. “Okay, New York,” says Vern, “go ahead.”

“Strong probability, repeat: strong probability,” says the New York dispatcher, “exists that passenger D.O. Guerrero, seat assignment twenty-three A, may have an explosive device in his attaché-type briefcase.”

The cockpit crew glances at each other.

“Passenger purchased excessive insurance,” continues the dispatcher, “mentally disturbed, and desperate. Approach with extreme caution.”

Meanwhile, Joe Patroni is directing the Flight 45 removal at Runway Two-Niner from the radio on Mel’s office wall.

“Yeah, that’s right,” says Joe. “Tell them another section of three by twelves laid crosswise.”

“Will do,” replies Danny. Joe hangs up the microphone.

“They need you?” asks Mel.

“No, not yet,” replies Joe. “It won’t be ready to drive out for a half-hour. Ingram knows what to do in the meantime.” Joe sits down next to a model of a 707. “Okay, so we know the kook is sitting in twenty-three A. That’s here.” Joe points at the plane model.

“That’s right,” says Mel. “Now, what’s your opinion?”

“My opinion is they should get the hell back here as fast as they can,” says Joe.

“Well, if he should let it go,” says Mel, “is there any chance that the plane could stand the explosion?”

“Well, we’ve got one break: he’s not sitting in an aisle seat,” replies Joe, “so, first, it’ll blow out a hunk of the fuselage, right here.” Joe waves his hand outward from the middle of the plane model.

“And what kind of structural damage would that cause?” asks Mel.

“Luckily,” says Joe,” there’s nothing but skin on the –”

In this minute

Gary Collins as Cy Jordan
Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
Barry Nelson as Anson Harris
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
Clark Howat as Bert Weatherby
Lloyd Nolan as Harry Standish
George Kennedy as Joe Patroni
Chuck Bowman as New York Dispatcher



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