Seinfeld (1989–1998)
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The Airport 

Jerry and Elaine fly back to New York. Jerry travels on first class while Elaine on coach. George and Kramer run into trouble while trying to arrive on time to pick up Jerry and Elaine at the airport.


Tom Cherones


Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Jennifer Campbell Jennifer Campbell ... Tia Van Camp
Scott Burkholder ... Prisoner
Jim J. Bullock ... Attendant #1
Allan Wasserman ... Grossbard
Lenny Rose Lenny Rose ... Passenger #1
Karen Denise Williams Karen Denise Williams ... Attendant #2
Annie Korzen ... Passenger #2
Deck McKenzie Deck McKenzie ... Security Guard
Maggie Egan ... Ticket Clerk
Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Skycap
Jack Graiman Jack Graiman ... Cop


Jerry and Elaine are on their way back to New York but learn their original flight has been canceled. As a result, Jerry ends up in first class and Elaine in coach. While Jerry has a wonderful flight with food, champagne and a beautiful blond model as a seat mate, Elaine suffers through the flight from hell. Back in New York, George and Kramer are supposed to meet Jerry and Elaine but the change in flight - and then a change in airport - has them running all over the place. More mayhem ensues when Kramer thinks he recognizes someone from his past. Written by garykmcd

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Although Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) are flying a fictional airline, the plane exteriors shown in the episode belong to Southwest Airlines' planes. See more »


Despite the airline clerk's claim that the replacement tickets given to Jerry and Elaine were "the last two seats available": Elaine unsuccessfully sneaks in to an unoccupied first class seat. This is inconsistent with the clerk's claim but is an accurate depiction of airline procedures. Jerry's ticket was upgraded only because the shortage of coach seating and Elaine's ticket was not upgraded due to the available seat in coach. In fact, it's unlikely an airline would upgrade a passenger's ticket, even in the event of cancellation. Additionally, the clerk likely lied to hide the reality that he could have upgraded Elaine's ticket. See more »


[first lines]
Jerry Seinfeld: Have you noticed that everything on planes is very tiny? There's always tiny food, tiny liquor bottles, tiny pillows, tiny bathroom, tiny sink, tiny soap? Everyone's in a cramped seat working on a tiny computer. There's always a small problem. "There'll be a slight delay. You'll be a bit late. If you could be a little patient!" We're just trying to get one of those little trucks to pull us up a little closer to the Jetway so you can walk down the narrow hallway. There'll be a man ...
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »


Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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Sitcom episode Story and Comedy Perfection
28 September 2017 | by calcaylorSee all my reviews

To me this episode is essentially perfect as an interesting story with comedic opportunities that are nicely exploited. Briefly, Jerry and Elaine are en route to catch a flight back home from St. Louis as Jerry had an extra flight ticket from a gig that Elaine used to visit her sister. George, who lost a bet to Jerry, is riding with Kramer to pick them up at Kennedy Airport.

What seems like a fairly cut and dried premise fully blossoms in the individual stories. Jerry takes the first class fare relegating Elaine to survive in coach purgatory. Kramer makes a turn that puts their timely arrival in jeopardy and George into paroxysms of anger and anguish. Once they arrive at Kennedy, George gets into an altercation with a crazed criminal in cuffs being escorted by a US Marshall and Kramer comes to realize the man he vaguely recognizes at the airport is an old roommate who left owing him money. But then George is elated to learn Jerry and Elaine's flight plans have changed so now he and Kramer have time to pick them up at LaGuardia instead.

It's really hard to do justice to Dreyfus' portrayal of all of the tortures that a bad coach flight inflicts. It's a clinic in depicting the sweaty, cramped agony of flying second class exaggeratedly compared against Jerry's life of bourgeois privilege in the section closest to the cockpit.

Even if I had 20 pages, I couldn't convey all the comedic opportunities exploited in this episode so I won't even try but I will leave this one teaser. The story culminates in two of the funniest sight gags in the show's history, both done by Kramer, one with Kramer's most epic funny entrances ever.

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25 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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