Pushing Tin

Factual error: When Nick returns as a controller, he is working traffic and a conflict alarm for two aircraft on the same trajectory sounds that indicates a mid-air collision is imminent. Another controller has to jump in and order the two aircraft to change headings to avoid a crash. In the following shot, it shows the two aircraft nearly collide and the pilots look shocked. However, all aircraft have a system called TCAS or the Traffic Collision Avoidance System which notifies pilots of an incoming conflict with another aircraft. It then orders a resolution advisory such as an emergency descent or climb. Therefore, commercial pilots would have neither been unprepared for this event, nor surprised.

Factual error: Billy Bob Thornton is new at the air traffic facility, yet he plugs in and immediately begins working airplanes. Under no circumstances would he be able to do that without having someone train him first (even if he was a controller at that facility at a prior time). Each facility has its own approaches, restrictions, etc.

Other mistake: When John Cusak is reviewing Billy Bob Thornton's "wake turbulence ride", the hillbilly audio begins playing while the tape is being run in reverse.

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Leo Morton: Ed, can you take that Delta?
Ed Clabes: No, I can't take the Delta, my airspace is finite.
Barry Plotkin: Uh-oh, Ed's going down the drain.
Ed Clabes: I am not going down the drain.
Barry Plotkin: Oh yes you are. It happens every time you use the term "finite."

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Question: The title - what does it mean/refer to?

Answer: In the film, it's a phrase used to describe the job of an air traffic controller. They're responsible for maneuvering the airplanes around in the skies. "Tin" refers to the airplanes and they're moving, or "pushing", them around. I tried to find if this was a real reference or phrase used in air traffic controllers prior to 1999, or just made up for the movie. It seems it's a phrase made up for the movie (but I can't say for certain as I have no experience in that field).

Bishop73

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