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David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines  
User currently onlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4393 posts, RR: 12
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9775 times:

Did anyone else watch tonight's opening monologue?
Letterman said something like " it used to be a mini-golf field but now I found something else to put all my money in..." and they showed a pic of an Oceanic Airlines plane (twin engine) broken in half, midair. It must be a "Lost" thing, but this plane had a Star Alliance logo by the front door.
Any legal issues there?

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User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9628 times:

If it's for parody, which it pretty much is, there isn't a whole lot of legal recourse. Plus I think Star Alliance has better things to do than sue the Worldwide Pants off of David Letterman for one joke.

Chances are the Star Alliance logo was left on the airplane from whatever photo they Photoshopped the gag from.



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User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 9346 times:

hurry up and email their legal department!! Very important!

User currently onlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4393 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 8687 times:

You can watch the video here; plane shown at 01:30 mark.
http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/video/


User currently offlinedartland From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7055 times:
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Quoting JBo (Reply 1):
sue the Worldwide Pants off of David Letterman


Well done on the reference!

For those who might have missed it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwide_Pants_Incorporated


User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6971 times:

Quoting JBo (Reply 1):
from whatever photo they Photoshopped the gag from.

Looks very similar to the photo of the Boeing 777-200 on AC website.





Plane shown in the video appears to be on the same bank angle as in the photo, and would explain the placement of the Star Alliance logo. Also, the cloud cover below is identical to that in the video. Other things to note are similar shadows on the nose of the aircraft, cockpit windows, #1 engine in the exact same spot in both images.

Quoting JBo (Reply 1):
I think Star Alliance has better things to do

I agree, especially because Letterman made no reference to Star Alliance or the logo (positive or negative). If he would have, than they might have grounds for suing Letterman.

YYZRWY23

Edited to add video screenshot for comparison.

[Edited 2010-05-25 09:55:07]

[Edited 2010-05-25 09:57:26]


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User currently offline7673mech From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 711 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 6269 times:
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I think you would have to be an Anutter to catch it.
If I were to ask family members or friends what the symbol was, I think most would be hard pressed to know what they logo means.
Also, it is clearly a spoof refering to Lost, so I would say that they won't pursue anything.


User currently offlineSulley From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 524 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5013 times:

Star Alliance will let *anyone* in these days  


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User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

I guess my question would be as to how, casually, the forward cargo door is, casually, dropping out suitcases.

How dramatic! haha



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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3739 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

Quoting TK787 (Thread starter):
Any legal issues there?

No. Mostly due to the fact that no one watching the show, apart from a bunch of aviation nerds on A.net like us, even noticed the Star Alliance logo on the aircraft...

 

Now, back to Ebay, I'm looking for a life...



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User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Oceanic!?
Wasn't that the Airline name used in the movie "Passenger 57"? If not, I'm sure it was used in a movie I have seen.



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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6688 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

Quoting sudden (Reply 10):
Oceanic!?
Wasn't that the Airline name used in the movie "Passenger 57"? If not, I'm sure it was used in a movie I have seen.

Look here. A common fictional entity it would seem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic_Airlines



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User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Quoting sudden (Reply 10):
Quoting sudden (Reply 10):
Oceanic!?
Wasn't that the Airline name used in the movie "Passenger 57"? If not, I'm sure it was used in a movie I have seen.

I recall it being in Executive Decision, which I didnt think was a bad movie



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User currently offlinesudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2580 times:

Quoting oly720man (Reply 11):
Look here. A common fictional entity it would seem.

Cheers!

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 12):
I recall it being in Executive Decision, which I didnt think was a bad movie

That's the movie. And it was actually pretty good indeed.



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User currently offlinetheredbaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 9):
Now, back to Ebay, I'm looking for a life...

Let me know if you can find "life" with the Buy now option!

 

BTW, That lost joke is lame.



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