The Airport

Season 4, Ep 12, Aired 11/25/92
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  • Episode Description
  • When their flight home gets canceled, Jerry & Elaine gets on another flight, the latter gets cramped into coach and Jerry parties in 1st class with a model. George and Kramer go between JFK and La Guardia to pick them up. When they settle on an airport George meets a convict and Kramer sees a man who owes him $240 from years ago.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Richards (I)

    Cosmo Kramer

  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Elaine Marie Benes (not in pilot)

  • Jason Alexander

    George Louis Costanza

  • Larry Charles

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • One of the best episodes of season four.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 09, 2009

  • Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer all go through different encounters off and on a plane. This does the series justice and is probably the best episode ever.

    By oceanic6, Mar 23, 2008

  • Seinfeld Episode

    By CTUBauer24, Apr 24, 2007

  • haha.. airport humor

    By Macheteshadows, Jun 19, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (34)

    • Jerry: I hate rental cars. Nothing ever works: the window doesn't work, the radio doesn't work… and it smells like a cheap hooker.

    • George: (from outside the plane, we don't hear him but he is saying…) KRAMER!!!!

    • Jerry: I got my bags. I'm ready to go. Elaine: Yeah, you got your bags! (scene goes to Honolulu International Airport where we see Elaine's luggage going around the baggage terminal)

    • (the plane lands, Jerry looks out the window and sees Kramer running) Jerry: (to himself) Nah, couldn't be.

    • Kramer: Listen, I didn't do anything wrong. That guy owes me 240 bucks! Security Guard: Now, you're in big trouble. (Kramer breaks free from his arms and runs off)

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special.

    • As they are driving to the airport in St. Louis, Jerry mentions that Elaine got to see her sister on this trip. This ties in with a later episode (The phone message) where Elaine mentions that she has a brother-in-law.

    • When Larry David does his uncredited "Voice of Man ordering the leftover kosher meal" the voice he uses he will later reuse as the voice of George Steinbrenner.

    • A St. Louis based viewer, Randy Canis notes that Jerry and Elaine are not at the real Lambert Field. I wouldn't expect them to be, that would be too expensive to film and only viewers familiar with the airport would ever notice.

    • Viewer Paul Brackett, who must work in the airline industry, notes the following: "They were flying from St. Louis to JFK, then to LGA. Only TWA flies these routes non-stop. They showed 2 ground shots of the aircraft, and both of the ground shots were of a Southwest airlines Boeing 737. Then they showed the plane in flight a couple of times, both shots were of a McDonnell Douglas DC-9. Then they showed the interior of the coach section, in which the colors of the seats and the configuration resembled the interior of a Delta coach plane, with 3-3 seating. Both the 737 and the DC-9 are 3-2 seating. Then they showed the interior of the first class section, which looked like the interior of a Continental DC-10 First class section, based on seating arrangements and color of the seats. Also, the plane is clearly a SWA jet on the outside, but Southwest has never had a first class section. One would think that folks in the TV industry would fly enough to notice these things!"

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    Trivia (3)

    • I have a problem with the timing in this one. When Jerry and Elaine are in St. Louis and the gate agent says their flight is cancellend the borad behind her says it is supposed to leave at 9:15. When George and Kramer are at the airport Kramer sees Grossbard who points to the monitor and says to the woman with him "our flight's at 8:30" (not an exact quote but he definitely says 8:30). Assuming people get to the airport 45 minutes early it is probably around 7:45 or so at this point. Why would George and Kramer be at the airport at 7:45 to meet a flight that is probably not scheduled to land until approximately 11:30.

    • As Kramer is running outside of the plane to catch Grossbard, he's shown running next to a Southwest plane which is the plane Jerry's on. Jerry is sitting in first class but Southwest doesn't offer first class. They must have just spliced in another shot.

    • While Jerry and Elaine race through the airport to get to their flight on time they run around a corner and past a sign that reads, " Gates 24-40". They run forward down a passageway until they are out of camera range, then the next scene shows them running around the opposite corner by the same sign, and then down the same passageway. Not only that, some of the same extras are walking through both passageways!

    Allusions (2)

    • Kramer said "Listen to the bell, Grossbard. It tolls for thee". It's an allusion to the poem "Meditation XVII" by John Donne, the novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway, and, the 1985 song "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica.

    • George: But you are, Blanche. You are in the shackles! From the classic film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Blanche: You wouldn't be able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair. Jane: But cha AAH, Blanche, ya AAH in that chair.

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