Ted Striker a traumatized fighter pilot, is the only passenger who can save an airplane after the pilots get food poisoning in this over-the-top spoof of airplane disaster movies. A cast of dramatic actors playing it straight and jokes flying out every second make this a classic parody.
To get inspiration for the ZAZ Kentucky Fried Theater skits, the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams would leave a videotape running all night, recording late night television with the aim of spoofing the commercials. One night they recorded the film Zero Hour! (1957), which ultimately acted as the main inspiration for Airplane! (1980).