Four terrorists of different ethnicities and without an obvious common link take hold of an American jetliner and demand release of their leader from a British prison. They murder a stewardess to prove they mean business and threaten to pick off more if their demands are not met. But surprises await the hijackers: an armed policeman is aboard, and the passengers manage to begin a whispered plot to fight back. After a bloody shootout with further casualties on both sides, the mood of the film shifts sharply as the plot devolves to a single question: do the passengers wait till the plane lanes and turn the surviving terrorists over to the authorities, or do they "try" them themselves aboard the plane? Written by
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The original ending had the terrorists hanged. But an ending that had them shot when they broke free aired in the US. The other ending was shown in internationally. See more
[forcibly escorting hostages near one of the closed doors
Sit on the floor!
You don't have to do this! We'll do anything you want! What are we doing here?
If they storm the plane, *you* will be the first to die!
Edited from Airplane!