Corrected entry: When Jodie Foster is banging on the captain's door, the "air marshal" grabs her from the back. When he does that, she is pressed against the door, with the peephole by her mouth. When he says, "Can I let you go," she says "Yes." The next shot, the peephole has moved by at least a few inches.Douglas Leathem
Corrected entry: When Carson is going downstairs to Avionics to find Kyle, there is a shot of Carson's shoes going down when Kyle take Julia in his arms. The shoes are on the second and third steps. After that, Kyle opens the small gate and put Julia on the floor to watch Carson. Then there is another shot of Carson's shoes but he has just gone down one step of the stairs. Kyle spent enough time opening the gate to Carson to get further down.
Corrected entry: At the very beginning a French Agent wipes a significant amount of snow from a bench so Jodie Foster can sit. However, in the next shot, which shows Jodie and the bench from above there is no indication what-so-ever that any snow was indeed wiped. No extra accumulation or disturbance in the snow around the bench.
Corrected entry: After the Air Marshall pulls the gun hidden on his ankle on Jodi Foster he fires seven shots from a six-shooter pistol. He fires one shot while lying down, one to break the handcuffs, 2 shots while running after Foster, and three shots at the door while Foster is closing it. The pistol isn't big enough to be a 12-shot pistol, and if it was then he would not have changed out the clip with 5 live shots in it.
Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, the airliner's captain tells the main character that they've already begun descending to land in Goose Bay, Newfoundland, and he continues to mill around the cabin and talk to the flight attendants. It is a very complicated process to divert an airliner in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and perform an unplanned descent to an alternate destination. No airline captain would EVER leave the copilot alone in the cockpit while this was happening; both pilots would be needed to calculate the new course and go through the required checklists. If the captain needed to say anything to anyone in the cabin, he would announce it over the intercom or relay the information to a flight attendant.
Corrected entry: When the plane is about to land there is a lot of snow at the airport, but by the time it has landed, the snow is completely gone.
Corrected entry: In order to complete the hijacker's plan, he tells that all flight crew should deboard as soon as they land in the Newfoundland airport. Only he (Carson) and the woman (Kyle) are to remain on board. Still, the flight attendant (Stephanie) with whom he is performing the plan remains on board. How could she stay on board without anyone from the crew finding it odd?
Corrected entry: Near the end of the film, while the airliner is approaching Goose Bay, a hijacker tells the plane's captain that they will specifically require a Gulfstream III to make their escape. When the airliner lands a short time later, lo and behold, there is a Gulfstream III sitting on the tarmac. How were the authorities able to immediately procure that exact type of long-range, high-dollar business jet at one of the most remotely located airports in North America? And if the hijackers wanted to make it appear that they were trying to escape to another country, why be so specific about what kind of airplane they want? Any one of a number of business jets, small airliners, or even Canadian military aircraft could make the trip.
Corrected entry: What is the chance of anyone surviving after spending a couple of hours near the avionics of an aircraft travelling at some 13/15 thousand feet? Jodie's daughter, a child, is sleeping in a place where there should be irregular oxygen pressure and a really freezing temperature. And Jodie even goes searching for her in a t-shirt.
Corrected entry: It appears that entire kidnapping is dependant on Kyle and Julia moving to the back rows to lie down. Had they stayed in their seats Julia would have been next to the window and it would have been virtually impossible to move Julia without waking Kyle had she fallen asleep. It seems a little strange to have an entire plan based around the assumption that back rows would be free and that Kyle and Julia would move there.
Corrected entry: The air marshal's plan has a big hole in it: he was counting on nobody remembering seeing the girl. Even though she was playing under the seats, which makes it conceivably possible that nobody saw her, the air marshal could not possibly have counted on this happening. This is obviously a plan-breaking flaw because all it would take is one person besides the mother who had seen her and Jodi Foster's story is corroborated.
Corrected entry: Near the conclusion of the movie, Kyle runs into the cockpit of the airliner with the air marshal Carson in hot pursuit with a small backup handgun that was hidden in his pant leg. Kyle slams the cockpit door, Carson fires his gun at it, and the shots bounce off harmlessly. Wouldn't an air marshal know that airliner cockpits have bulletproof doors? Firing a small-caliber handgun at an armored door at close range would be pointless and could cause the bullets to ricochet back and hit him. Besides, Carson probably is not carrying extra ammunition for his handgun. Why waste the shots when he will surely be able to find Kyle again and have another chance to kill her?
Corrected entry: The whole concept of a kidnapper 'pretending' his victim didn't get on the plane in the first place is utterly laughable. Even if nobody saw her in her seat, why didn't they see her walking down the aisle to her seat, or waiting to board the plane, or in the boarding tunnel itself? Why isn't she listed on the passenger manifest, or on her mother's travel documents or airline ticket?