Rumack: What was it we had for dinner tonight?
Elaine Dickinson: Well, we had a choice of steak or fish.
Rumack: Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna.
That's the first thing I thought of. If you remember the first 'Airport' movie, the novel was written by Arthur Hailey.
The first project Hailey ever did was actually a 'teleplay' he wrote for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. called'Flight Into Danger'
, with then unknown actor, James Doohan (a.k.a. Scotty, beam me up).
It was about a pilot that gets food poisoning. Anyway, this teleplay was then made into a feature film with the titleZero Hour! (1958)
The producers of the movie 'Airplane' bought the rights to Zero Hour! and used whole chunks of the script almost verbatim, only with comic effect.
As if they hadn't exhausted the storyline, Terror in the Sky
, a rehash of Zero Hour! was released in 1971.