Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3251 posts, RR: 14 Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1764 times:
You obviously haven't watched Myth Busters
Ha, I was just about to mention that too. Pretty conclusively busted this myth. And it was funny, they mentioned US Marshals specifically but said "other Hollywood movies" had been guilty of the same type of scene.
They didn't prove explosive decompression can't happen - of course it can (and has), as they showed at the end of the episode in a dramatic demonstration the one dude called "somewhat disturbing" - they just proved that it wouldn't happen by shooting a bullet through either the window or the skin of the airplane. The hole has to be bigger than that. Airplanes are built to be pressurized repeatedly so they're very tough - we have a tendency to think a plane's skin (or window) will shatter once it's weakened by a bullet hole, but apparently they're built tough enough that they won't. And a tiny bullet hole will not allow pressure to escape fast enough for decompression to occur.
I'm tired of being a wanna-be league bowler. I wanna be a league bowler!
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2430 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1675 times:
"Really bad movie...anyone who hasn't seen it hasn't missed much...Just Wesley Snipes running around saving the day miraculously!"
Agreed, though Snipes was a suitably hip action-hero with his usual glib humor and Bruce Payne was a really good (or should I say bad) uber-villain who met a satisfying end when the plane decompressed. More forgettable was a pre-Hugh Grant Liz Hurley as one of Payne's hijackers. This film had to emphasize the racial motif regarding Snipes's character ("Always bet on BLACK!") but it was watchable, if not memorable.
Delta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2559 posts, RR: 14 Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
Near the beginning of the movie they are walking beside the Hyatt Regency at MCO and their is also footage inside the terminal as they depart from Gate 85. It is kind of ironic, the flight on the movie was supposed to be from MCO-LAX, and in 1997 I flew MCO-LAX from Gate 85.