PG | | Comedy
The directors were friends with David Letterman and asked him to audition for the Ted Striker role. While they liked his reading, Letterman was visibly uncomfortable at the idea of formally acting and was openly relieved when they didn't offer him the part. In fact, David Zucker had said to Letterman's manager that they thought Letterman could win the role (they planned to have him return for another audition) but was surprised when the manager said that there was no chance that would happen. His audition was shown on his talk show, much to his embarrassment.
Smoking or non-smoking?
Ted Striker: Smoking.
The seating arrangement in the film is incorrect for a Boeing 707 (the aircraft used for all the exterior shots). The coach section of the 707 has 3 seats on each side for each row, yet the seating arrangement shown has 3 seats on the right side and 2 seats on the left for each row, similar to the arrangement for either a Convair 990 or a Douglas DC-9.
In case of tornado ... Southwest corner of basement
On the broadcast television version, there is an extra joke when the plane is landing. Elaine exclaims, "Look out, Ted! The mountains! The mountains!" Ted replies, "Elaine, we're over Iowa." Elaine then says, "Look out, Ted! The Corn! The Corn!"