Michael Douglas starred in 1993’s Falling Down, a portrait of a man who’s a cog in a machine that seemingly unfairly treats him as he loses his job and faces perceived indignities on his quest to see his son whom he’s kept from by a restraining order. Is society at fault, or his own, as he breaks down into anti-social violence? The movie may have been two decades ahead of its time.
The plot appears to re-create itself in Spanish, where a man is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore to borrow from another Hollywood classic. Is he frustrated by American Airlines? Raging against machines taking over simple tasks once employing people? Or frustrated by his own circumstance?
A man storms away from the desk at his gate, throws down the boarding group sign, where an American Airlines employee puts it back up. Meanwhile the passenger has taken off his shirt and allows his pants to sag. He grabs the reaches for the back of the employee’s neck. The employee goes about his business while the man rants in the gate area.
He calms down, tries to head towards the jetway and gets frustrated again. He puts a baseball cap on the employee who first followed him. Eventually, officers take him into custody.
Is this one passenger’s frustrations, or is he every passenger and a harbinger of things to come in air travel or in U.S. politics — as Michael Douglas’ portrayal of William Foster arguably has been?
Those of us that have flown American Airlines this summer can all say we’ve been there.