September 22, 2005, - 6:42 am

Bad “Flight Plan”: Jodie Foster Film Defames Air Marshals, Flight Attendants

It’s been four years of bad news for flight attendants.
First, 9/11 happened. Then, they were laid off. With airline bankruptcies like Northwest’s, they are being laid off again.
Now, in another blow, the movie, “Flight Plan,” is hitting theaters, tomorrow. Starring Jodie Foster, it’s an outrageous piece of propaganda and incredible display of the irresponsible.
I’m embarrassed to say that a very distant cousin of mine–Charles J.D. Schlissel–is executive producer of this outrage. The J.D. must stand for “Just Despicable.” If you’re a freedom-loving American like me, the rotten tricks of this movie will disgust you.
If you want to sicken yourself and see “Flight Plan,” stop reading here. But if you want to save ten bucks, keep going.
Throughout “Flight Plan,” we are given hints–very strong hints–that four Muslim Arabs are the terrorists on the plane. But in the end–breaking a cardinal rule of thrillers–the hints have no pay-off.
Instead, the terrorists are the flight’s air marshal and a flight attendant.
That is an outrage for a number of reasons. Two of those reasons are Betty Ong and . Both were among the many flight attendants who gave their lives on 9/11.
They weren’t terrorists. They were American heroes. Instead of calling their families to say good-bye, they contacted ground crews and identified the hijackers. It was because of them that authorities were able to identify Mohammad Atta and his 18 thugs as Al Qaeda.
Other flight attendants were brutally murdered by the hijackers, who slit their throats.
And now Jodie Foster and Charles J. D. Schlissel have the chutzpah to portray these low-paid workers as terrorists?!

Jodie Foster: Hears (and Sees) No Evil with Muslim Terrorists;

Defames Federal Air Marshals, Flight Attendants

When I described the plot of this “film” to Lori Bassani–spokeswoman for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and a flight attendant, herself–she said, “That is so irresponsible.”
“The portrayal of flight attendants in this movie demonstrates an
insensitive and flagrant disregard for the very real challenges facing
the front line of defense (the flight attendants) on any aircraft in an emergency situation,” Bassani added. “Should there be another 9/11, it would be critical for the cabin crew to have the support of their passengers, not the distrust that this movie may engender. Our fellow crewmembers who perished in the line of duty deserve more respect.”
Yes, they do.
The flight attendant terrorist in this film is a conspirator in the murder of a passenger’s (Jodie Foster’s) husband; tries to murder the passenger and beats her with a large flashlight; helps kidnap the passenger’s daughter and lace the plane with explosives; commits fraud with the passenger manifest; and steals the passenger’s daughter’s boarding pass.
Flight attendants who are not terrorists are also portrayed harshly in this film. They are arrogant, cold and uncaring, and lazy. When Foster’s daughter disappears, they are rude, don’t seem to care, and resent having to look for the daughter. Two of them, who are supposed to be in a frantic search for the daughter in the plane’s hull, are making out there, instead.
Then, there are the Federal Air Marshals. This movie is a huge blow to their image, especially.
Is it more likely that a dedicated, patriotic American–who goes through a lot of federal training to serve his/her country and get security to carry a gun on board–would be a terrorist hijacker . . . or four suspicious-looking, strange-acting Arab Muslims?
“Flight Plan” wants you to think the former.
It is bad enough that, until recently, Federal Air Marshals were forced to dress in suits and engage in other behavior that made their identities very obtrusive to the flying public and easy marks for potential terrorists.
Being a Federal Air Marshal is tough work. It involves a lot of flying–until recently, with little recuperation time–to nowhere for no reason–certainly not the salary. Federal Air Marshals got no respect from Homeland Security and their DHS sub-agency, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
Now, there is “Flight Plan.”
The Federal Air Marshal in this movie (played by Peter Sarsgaard) kills a passenger’s (Jodie Foster) husband in Germany so he can smuggle explosives onto the flight in the dead man’s coffin; laces the plane with explosives; kidnaps the passenger’s daughter; hides her in the nose of the plane; steals the daughter’s boarding pass and commits fraud with the plane’s passenger manifest (with the flight attendant); demands $50 million; and tries to kill the passenger and her daughter.
Does this sound like a plot that will command respect for Federal Air Marshals on board your next flight? Didn’t think so.
Then there are “Flight Plan’s” suspicious Arab Muslim passengers. Schlissel and his production crew want you to question your suspicions of Arab Muslims, to think you are unfair and prejudiced.
That is the real message of this movie.
Schlissel picks four of the most fearsome looking actors (one of them is, in real life, Assaf Cohen, a Sephardic Jew–you know, the Jews who were kicked out of the Arab and Muslim countries they once called home). We know they are Muslim because when they depart the plane, the women accompanying them are wearing hijabs (head-scarves).
Each one of these Arab Muslim passengers looks more like Mohammed Atta than the next. And they were cast that way on purpose. Ditto for the knowing looks between them that imply they are about the hijack the plane–all done to that “evil villain” music scored in the background.
In the end, when they are innocent, and we–the evil viewers, for suspecting them–must feel guilty for wrongfully indicting them in our minds. In fact, the main Muslim Arab is so nice he even hands Jodie Foster her purse after the whole ordeal–in which she falsely accused him of being a terrorist–is over. Whatta guy. How touching.
This is the latest in a series of Hollywood releases where the terrorists are neither Muslim nor Arab. We can’t have that–because it might actually resemble reality.
Easy prediction: “Flight Plan” will score accolades and image awards from Islamist groups like CAIR and MPAC.
It’s bad enough that FBI Director Robert Mueller tried to dishonor Madeleine Amy Sweeney–one of the heroic, murdered flight attendants from 9/11–by (since revoked) along with Sweeney.
But Mueller tried to imply that the flight attendants were morally equivalent to Islamic terrorists.
This movie says they are worse.
Send Hollywood, Jodie Foster, and my cousin a different message. Boycott “Flight Plan.”
***UPDATE: In the same vein, Ms. Foster is set to play Nazi film propagandist in an upcoming movie glorifying that nauseating Nazi conspirator to genocide. Foster says Riefenstahl–who used concentration camp inmates as movie extras–was a good person, who was “libeled.” Right. Nazis and Extremist Muslims, Good; Air Marshals and Flight Attendants, Bad. We get it.
And John Hinckley tried to murder a President to impress THIS woman?!

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36 Responses

I understand your outrage on behalf of flight attendants and Federal Air Marshals. I suspect the reason that they didn’t use Muslims as terrorists in the film, though, is that it is way overdone – I can think of at least 10 films off hand where Muslims were the terrorists. However, in this day and age, with terror groups of all stripes and colors – North Koreans, for example – it would have made sense to use one of them for a change! Even the Basque separatists might have been grateful for a little publicity! But not flight attendants and Federal Air Marshals – that is definitely hitting below the belt!

Hilltopbabe on September 22, 2005 at 8:53 am

On a similar note, imagine my surprise when watching the new FOX drama BONES, when they depicted a MUSLIM TERRORIST! Unapologetically, I might add.There was no “America bombed my village” or any of that crap, and to top it off, the lead charater told a Muslim widow who was indignant that they suspected het husband of being a suicide bomber (he was a murder victim) that Muslim extremists declared war on the United States, and to suck it up, in effect.

dilly on September 22, 2005 at 9:22 am

There is a substrate of people, here, who hate America and all her works. Eliot Cohen wrote an excellent editorial on the subject for the WSJ.
They believe that all our problems result from American actions, and with grovelling, we can establish a common bond, making friends of enemies.
In this case, we see what George Orwell called dishonest art. The left always claims Orwell based on “1984”, but are amazingly quiet about his essays written during WWII. As he recognized then and we should remember now, we have enemies who cannot not live in a world where our values survive.
I have a classmate who teachs film at NYU. He claims to be ‘high minded’ but is just a coward.
The left is always prating about blood for oil, and bush lied. Well what would happen if the people who fight our wars say: “No blood for Ted Turner, no blood for Pinch Sulzberger. We will not fight for people who hate us.

taffy on September 22, 2005 at 9:22 am

You say there’ve been at LEAST 10 movies made since 9/11 that have featured Muslim terrorists?
I’d love you to name them, because I can’t recall any. Rather the opposite in fact. And by “movie” I mean a a full screen flick, with reconized BO stars, made by a major studio on general release and not some “Chuck Norris” straight to DVD.

espresso on September 22, 2005 at 11:20 am

The best part about Debbie giving away the “spoiler” or premise of these lame films is that I can use that info to spoil it for the ambivolently apathetic dolts that I work with that are all excited about going to waste their money and see these crappy films. I always give away the plot and finale and then add a little “shame on you” invective for these nit-wits every time I hear them talk about what a great movies they think it’s going to be.

Yiddish Steel on September 22, 2005 at 11:49 am

Jodie Foster, spinning the mindless Hollywood PC spin?

Jodie Foster’s turn as FBI-agent Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs” was a terrific, terrific performance. Since then, however, her career has been a series of movies that have been entirely unimpressive (though she does d…

Right We Are on September 22, 2005 at 12:56 pm

I’m A Little Bored…

…with politics right now. All kind of things are happening — the Able Danger scandal, Supreme Court nomination hearings, Hurricane Rita, the nomination of an unqualified person to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and so on &#…

La Shawn Barber's Corner on September 22, 2005 at 1:07 pm

Oprahwatch Oprahwatch….Dope-rah watch!
You’ll never believe what “Dope-rah” is up to now: I’d actually been reading along in her book club, as I was an English major and enjoyed the classics. She chose Faulkner this past Summer, and viewers whined that it was just too challenging. So now she’s taken a 180 degree turn, and given over the bookclub to a former crack addict/drug dealer.
She has now chosen, for the book club, a contemporary druggie memoir, and an athiest druggie memoir to boot. I don’t even want to glorify it by giving the title or author, here, but the whole thing is totally anti-AA, and completely glorifies drug use, by a former drug dealer turned screenwriter—-drug dealing is basically the number one qualification to Hollywood success, anyway.
Still, sad that Dope-rah has now trashed her own bookclub by going from classics…to crack addicts!

glamchild on September 22, 2005 at 2:17 pm

Love the Doep-rah Glamchild, hope you don’t mind me using it. Totally perfect. Anyway, it shows what caliber of people the Dope-rah audience is. Slack-jawed idiots, worhshipping at the idol of their “girlfriend.” Makes me want to gag. They will obediently purchase the heathen drug addict’s book, enhancing his wallet while increasing his addiction, which might hasten his demise. Hey, if you look at it that way, it’s a plan.

CoolToTheEnd on September 22, 2005 at 4:14 pm

“And John Hinckley tried to murder a President to impress THIS woman?!”
He *did* try to kill Reagan. Maybe it would’ve impressed her had he succeeded.
I’m pretty disappointed by her choice of roles, especially the choice to portray Leni Riefenstahl in a sympathetic movie about her. Riefenstahl was a brilliant filmmaker, but we shouldn’t be glorifying her, because she herself glorified pure, unadulterated evil.

Jonathan Hawkins on September 22, 2005 at 5:19 pm

I saw the trailers when I went to see “Red Eye” and it seemed like utter bs. For crying out loud, what an absurd, convoluted bs plot too, Muslim terrorists or not! jeez, you’d think he could find a simpler way to smuggle it, like in a cargo plane?

Jakester on September 22, 2005 at 5:31 pm

Steer Away From Flight Plan

Just watching the ads for Jodie Foster’s Flight Plan, I’ve felt underwhelmed–there just doesn’t seem to be any “there”, there; certainly not enough to bother spending $9.00 or so on a ticket. Debbie Schlussel (via Charles Johnson) writes that it’s…

Ed on September 22, 2005 at 5:54 pm

The Butler Did It!!!

Hollywood loves to lecture the masses nowadays, and mostly Hollywood loves to lecture the masses about how much we suck. (And no, if you don’t mind the lectures that doesn’t mean you’re sophisticated like Hollywood insiders, it means you are an assho…

Harkonnendog on September 22, 2005 at 6:10 pm

Don’t worry, Debbie. If there is one person who is such box office poison that her movies have no chance, like in zero chance, of making money. She is not appealing, nobody wants to be like her, and no men want to have sex with her. Why she gets millions per picture is beyond me.

Duke on September 22, 2005 at 6:27 pm

Remember that a good movie like The great Raid di nothing at the box office. Most movie viewers are from the wacky left.

madman on September 22, 2005 at 7:16 pm

A few things on this silly subject (I called in from the Rott, FYI)…
a) Anyone can be a terrorist. At the risk of sounding moralequivalistic (not necessarily a real word, but it sure sounds good when spoken out loud), they could be some kind of Manson sect hell bent on getting enough money for their expensive drug habits, and that the Air Marshal and flight attendant positions were just a ruse – the real ones are dead. But I guess suspense films are supposed to play with your mind, sometimes at the expense of good taste. And this may be a case of a poorly-written hackjob.
b) Yes – I’d love to go back to the 40’s where movies portray villains as members of the other side. Be we are stuck with an inclusive, multicultural society, and every portrayal of every single minority group in existence has to be researched. Hence – no Black pimps, no Chinese martial artists or laundry attendants – generally, no stereotypes. Sadly, people are too damn afraid to either laugh at themselves, look at themselves in a mirror, or both. And I am quite sure that there are good Arab Muslims just as there are bad ones. Such is the pop-culture of the New World War these days.
c) Jodie Foster is not my type of actress. Period. Too dykey.
d) As per Duke’s comment…
She is not appealing, nobody wants to be like her, and no men want to have sex with her.
Not that Jodie would want to: she’s a lesbian.
Enough babble. By the looks of the trailer, “Flight Plan” is a hackjob, pure and simple.
And it seems that Debbie would like to see some more “patriotic” fare in this day and age. Well, no offence, but might as well just keep the powder dry, for now.
Peace, love and double-shot single-malt, out.
Yankee Two Delta

Y-2-DRAY on September 22, 2005 at 7:18 pm

“And John Hinckley tried to murder a President to impress THIS woman?!”
Well, yeah. It fits, if you think about it for a minute.

West on September 22, 2005 at 9:42 pm

Another reason to not bother watching any movies. Frankly I wanted to see The Great Raid, but I just have an aversion to the movie theaters now. I don’t want to pay $200 for a coke and some popcorn. I don’t want to deal with a million screaming kids. I don’t care to deal with surly teenagers who feel put upon when I ask for a package of Goobers.
I plan to purchase the DVD of The Great Raid when it comes out. But I think the movie studios are in real trouble. They’ve spent the last decade or more antagonising over half of their audience, and it’s starting to show.

ed on September 22, 2005 at 10:20 pm

This is interesting timing, Debbie. I just saw the director Norman Jewison (Canadian, worked in US since 1958) give a lecture. Typical lefty kissy-fest, with the usual suspects in attendance. He ragged on Bush, slammed Americans as ignorant and uninterested in seeing foreign films (he’s from Toronto), and said “the current climate is really frightening for artists.”
Then he told us he made the movie “The Russians Are Coming!” in 1965 to ridicule America’s preoccupation with the Cold War (according to him, the Communists weren’t a threat).
Now he wants to make a satire of the War on Terror, called “The ARABS Are Coming! The Arabs Are Coming!” Because… wait for it … the Real Threat is Intolerant Americans!
He’s an 80-year-old moral idiot.

Ignatz on September 22, 2005 at 10:30 pm

What did you expect? Hollywood makes heroes out of villains and villains out of heroes. They are like the naive preteen girl who reads and fantasizes about being in love with and/or married to a handsome, but evil man from whom she has to run in order to survive. When she “grows up,” she gets involved with abusive losers. She leaves them, only to become involved with the same man all over again. If she finally leaves him for good, then she gets involved with another man who is even worse than the first. Anyone who tries to tell the ignorant girl the truth about her abusive man is greeted with the erect middle finger or she sticks her fingers in her ears or some other way to avoid hearing the obvious truth.
Good luck. If the fools in Hollywood cannot get their facts straight in a fictitious work, they cannot be trusted to tell the truth–ever.

Loser on September 22, 2005 at 11:57 pm

I don’t want to see the movie. The commercial was stupid. I can’t stand it when there are movies that portray these individuals like a superhero in a cartoon. When I saw her dodging an explosion with huge flames (and of course she lives and doesn’t get hurt), that turned me off. I am shocked of course about the plot. How pathetic and unrealistic. What is sad is that it will probably be in the top 5 of the weekend box office.

stardust43 on September 23, 2005 at 12:42 am

I’d like to remind everyone of something…IT’S A MOVIE. That’s all. It’s not a piece of leftist propaganda or some political statement. You people take everything too seriously.
There have been so many movies that had depicted all types of professions, races, and ethnic groups as bad guys. Are we all so politically correct now that we have to cry about an air marshall and a flight attendant being “bad guys”? It’s not real…It’s a movie. People in movies are supposed to dodge explosions and do “super human” things.
Maybe someday you’ll all get your way and actors and directors and writers will not be allowed to create anything unless it passes through the goverment for approval.

Cheezkid on September 23, 2005 at 8:57 am

How are you so sure this movie is not “a piece of leftist propaganda or some political statement”, Cheezy? It’s not unheard of, especially since it appears the vast majority of Hollywood takes great delight in expressing their lefty views. And, don’t try to be so dramatic, nobody wants government censorship. That would be as silly as me saying you are trampling on my free speech rights by saying I shouldn’t comment on the movie.
I wasn’t planning on seeing this as I’m not a Jodie Foster fan. I was surprised in the plot as I’ve seen the trailer in the theatre and it looked like a supernatural thriller.
I am just waiting for “The Great Raid” on DVD. I saw it twice at the theatre and it’s one of if not the greatest movie I’ve seen. I’ll always be indebted to Debbie for mentioning it here. I just can’t emphasize enough how this movie will make you feel, and you’ll be much more prouder to be an American afterwards.

Jeff_W on September 23, 2005 at 9:52 am

I had just read on Curmudgeonly and Skeptical the great quotes of Ronald Reagan and then I read this review of Jodie Foster’s movie. Now that Hinkley is rehabbed and sane (or so his therapists say) and older I wonder how he would react to reading these two documents.
To Hollywood:
Have you no shame?

altamonter on September 23, 2005 at 11:23 am

Jodi Foster Does Not Impress

Here’s comes ANOTHER slap in the face from Hollywood.

The View From The Nest on September 23, 2005 at 1:15 pm

Good job Deb

KOAJaps on September 23, 2005 at 5:04 pm

Thanks Debbie for the link to the US Newswire article on Foster’s plans for a biopic of the director of The Truimph of the Will.

Grant on September 24, 2005 at 2:11 pm


I was catching up on news events, and stumbled across the original source of the post cited below. It’s Debbie Schlussel, who is distantly related to the executive producer.
My apologies for failing to check that out fully.
I just read about t…

Right As Usual on September 24, 2005 at 3:53 pm

I have to agree with Cheezkid here. If you are so mortally offended that terrorists in a movie weren’t Muslim, then you seriously need to get a hobby. If you think making the air marshal the villain makes this movie anti-American, then you seriously need to stop drinking the right-wing Kool-Aid.

Thomas More on September 24, 2005 at 10:54 pm

Hollywood makes movies to make money. Today, most of that money is found outside of the USA. To paraphrase Michael Medved, who explained in a recent column: Most American movies are unappealing and, in turn, unprofitable when offered to the domestic audience. Hence, the only way for movies such as “Flight Plan” to enrich the financial backers of the venture is for the movie to appeal to foreign audiences who enjoy watching movies that demean and deride American values and authority figures. You’ll have to go back to the “Sands of Iwo Jima”, “The Fighting SeaBees”, “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”, etc., to find a Hollywood production that is meant to inspire and assure the American public during a time of war.

freightdog on September 25, 2005 at 8:42 am

We are talking about a movie, right; A work of fiction? Why should the writers not have the right to create their story in any fashion they desire? Don’t like them taking pop-shots at the movie? Fine, don’t see it. But I’m not sure I see the point of ‘rallying the troops’ against seeing it. What’s next, boycotting movies that show police officers in less than favorable light? What occupation IS it okay to portray negatively? Just as you have the right to publish whatever you want on this site, move writers have the RIGHT to create whatever script they want.

Moose on September 25, 2005 at 5:13 pm

Jodie Foster film attacks/insults the heroes…

I’d often suspected that there was something wrong with Jodie Foster, and her new “movie” called Flight Plan certainly does indicate that.

Tel-Chai Nation on September 26, 2005 at 6:47 am

You know, speaking of Leni Riefenstahl, if these Hollywood morons are gonna show movies that glorify a dangerous enemy that happens to be violently anti-semitic, they might as well show “Triumph of the Will.” At least that was actually a good movie. Yeah, now that I think about it, these new pro-Muslim Hollywood movies are not as destructive as they could be for the simple fact that they are crap. Face it, movies made by cokeheads with a shaky and indeterminate worldview just don’t have that same artistic vision as movies made by a woman who’s just smitten over her fuhrer.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 3, 2006 at 11:07 pm

Well, speaking as technoligist, I understand how difficult it can be for so-called lesbos to get action. I recommend a coffee table touch sensitive screen, so Ms Foster can get some action. So long as she doesn’t touch up my daughter (Gates spawn II (TM)), on the tube.

BillGatesJnrTheSecond on January 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm

I don’t care about any of THAT. The guy who plays the air marshal is HOT, HOT, HOT!

Lorelie on August 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

It’s a FILM. How many films have you seen where somebody in a position of authority or trust is shown to be corrupt?

It’s a common theme in thrillers and I’ve seen way more movies about corrupt doctors, policemen or politicians than I have about flight attendants.

This is a non issue.

Matt on September 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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