Corrected entry: In the disco scene when Ted throws his jacket and it comes back to him, a hand can be seen to the left throwing his jacket back at him.

logan crews

Correction: That's not a mistake. It may have been unintentional by the film makers, but whether the hand had been there or not, it's obvious that someone threw the jacket back (spoofing classic disco movies where the hero throws his jacket off screen). That we can actually see them do it ruins the joke a little, but there's no reason why they should not be there.


Correction: Someone would have to throw it back anyway, it doesn't matter that you can see the hand.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film when Otto (the inflatable pilot) is saluting you can see a wire making his his arm salute.

logan crews

Correction: So? He's supposed to be a mechanical dummy of some sort. That's how his arm works.

Corrected entry: When the passengers start getting sick, the pilot radios to Chicago and says, "We're in trouble." Then, they find out that the fish is causing the sickness and the pilot passes out. Elaine then radios Chicago and says "We're in terrible trouble." The man at Chicago then says "suspend all food service out of Los Angeles." No one told him that the fish was causing the problems.

Correction: It could well be that Elaine's entire conversation with McCrosky (the "man at Chicago")was not revealed to us. There is a break between the scene where Elaine radios Chicago and the scene where McCrosky gives orders to suspend food service, so it is perfectly reasonable to assume that Elaine did indeed tell McCrosky about the food poisoning.

Corrected entry: When Striker and Elaine are talking for the second time at the beginning, you suddenly see the religious guy standing there alone waiting for his cue to come out and ask Striker if he wants to donate anything. He wasn't there before. (00:07:50)


Correction: If you watch the scene, you see he was in line the whole time.


Corrected entry: When Dr. Rumack says, "Everyone who has eaten fish for dinner, will become violently ill in the next two hours." Captain Oveur looks down at his food, you can see the filmer's legs, because Captain Oveur is wearing white pants, and it can't be an armrest thing because its wrinkled and it moves. (00:41:25)


Correction: That appears to be Capt. Oveur's arm (he's wearing a long-sleeved white shirt).

Corrected entry: During the disco dance scene, Ted hurls Elaine towards the ceiling and stands there looking up, waiting for her. But when she falls back into his arms, she jumped from somewhere in front of him. Realistically the trick would not have been possible, I admit that - but still a mistake.

Correction: As with many "mistakes" cited for this film, the intent is to make the audience laugh, thereby making it more than a deliberate mistake - it's an intentional joke and therefore not a mistake.

Correction: Thats not true. When watching the movie on DVD with the trivia track playing it does suggest that they never saw the movie, but then the trivia messages get more and more silly suggesting they knew all along.


Corrected entry: When Rex Kramer is entering the airport and being bombarded by donation seekers, it's the same five people over and over again, but each time they speak they have a different voice and a new cause.

Correction: This is done DELIBERATELY due to the comedic nature of the movie. Absolutely NOT a mistake.


Correction: It might help if you specified when he was there and went missing as the song is long enough he went to the bathroom or moved seats etc.


Correction: This was a deliberate joke. Ice cream cones look like microphones. This is even pointed out during the movie on the DVD'S trivia track feature.

Corrected entry: It is obvious that the two girl scouts who have the fight are stuntmen dressed as women.

Correction: That's the gag. Over half of the "special" effects in the whole film are deliberately cheesy and poorly done. For example, the sound of the springboard that Ted jumps off of in the disco, or the sound of propellers on a jet when viewed from outside.


Corrected entry: When Captain Oveur is summoned to the white courtesy phone, he picks up the red one at first and is told "No - the white phone." He replies "Oh." Just after his response and just before he hangs up the phone, a small higher-pitched sound is heard. According to Peter Graves in the commentary, that's the script supervisor stifling a laugh. (00:05:40)

Jeff Swanson

Correction: If you have to listen to the commentary to find out the sound is a laugh then its not really a mistake but a sound at an busy airport.


Correction: There are three seats on one side and two on the other. Also, there is more than one area of seats (first class, coach, etc), and the number of rows vary between them.

Corrected entry: In the shot when the stewardess first approaches Dr. Rumack, he has a stethoscope hanging around his neck. In the next shot, it's gone.

Correction: That's the joke. The woman calling the stewardess says "I think the man sitting next to me is a doctor," and he is sitting there with a stethoscope on. Once that gag is complete, the doctor returns looking like a normal passenger, sans stethoscope.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: When one of the two African Americans ordered his dinner, he said, "Drink side, run me the java." Even though there's no such thing as "Jive" language, it's pretty clear that he is asking for coffee to drink (""). The caption says nothing about coffee.

Matty Blast

Correction: This is a comedy. There are no written rules that says the captions have to translate exactly what the person is saying. If I remember right he even says a cuss word and the caption says 'GOLLY.'

Vernon Gilmore

Corrected entry: Why on earth does Stryker land the plane with the wheels up?

Correction: He doesn't. He puts the landing gear down before landing, but the harsh impact causes the wheels to collapse.

Matty Blast

Corrected entry: In the mental hospital, as the camera pans right, you will see that all windows on every visible side except the one with the mental hospital sign are just paintings. You will also see that the painting are meant for the nighttime while it takes place midday. (00:28:30)

Correction: That's the joke.

Corrected entry: Elaine says that they should think about the plans they made before the war. Elaine and Ted met in the bar during the war when Ted was a pilot (and broke up after it).

Correction: She isn't referring to plans "they made together" before the war, she just says "plans before" the war. She is meaning that they had plans before the war seperately, such as falling in love, career choices, etc...she simply means she is ready to start doing things she wanted to do before she met him, and before the war started.


Corrected entry: Look for the scene when the airline employee picks up Kramer (Robert Stack) to take him to the airport. As Kramer is talking to his wife in the full-length mirror (before he walks through it), you can see the tip of a boom mic in the top left of the frame.

Correction: There was no boom mike in the top left screen. There was a ceiling fan in that area which resembled a mike, but wasn't.


Corrected entry: Mrs. Hammen (Joey's mother) eats the fish, but she never suffered any ill effects.

Correction: She may have had a natural immunity to the food poisoning.

Revealing mistake: When Kramer is walking through the airport and all the cult members come after him and he's flipping them behind him, look down to the lower left and you can see the mat they are landing on. (00:54:50)

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Question: When Over's wife gets the call about her husband's plane having problems, there is a horse in bed with her and she tells the horse to let himself out. This is the only joke in the movie I didn't understand. Is there anybody out there who got the joke and can help me understand it?

Answer: This is a reference to The Godfather, where a character being intimidated by the Mafia wakes up with his prize racehorse's severed head next to him on the bed. For comedy purposes this is twisted by the movie as an implied sexual relationship, when the horse is revealed to be alive.

Answer: This is an inside joke that Mrs. Over is cheating on her husband with a horse.

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