This Deleted Friends Scene is Going Viral… and Offers Real Truth About Air Travel

Friends sent Monica and Chandler off on their honeymoon in the episode where Rachel sold Ross she’s pregnant.

It was scheduled to air shortly after 9/11, so they replaced a scene at airport security where Chandler makes a joke about a bomb and winds up in questioning.

I was just making a joke. I know the sign says no jokes about bombs, but shouldn’t the sign really say “no bombs.” I mean isn’t that the guy we really have to worry about here, the guy with the bombs? Not the guy who jokes about his bombs, not that I have bombs, because if I did I probably wouldn’t joke about about them. I’d probably want to keep that rather quiet.

Sadly, it’s not really that original a gag.

It’s strange to think back to the time shortly after 9/11, you really couldn’t have reasonable dialogue about things like airport security, the creation of a new super German-sounding federal mega-agency, or ‘Merica. Even now, as this old deleted Friends scene just now goes viral it’s scolded as an inappropriate joke. Yet there’s a certain amount of truth there…

(HT: Roadwarrior Voices)

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  1. It is not an inappropriate joke in modern day. However, having lived in NYC during 9/11 and actually have flown AA to Europe shortly after flights were resumed post 9/11 (the passenger jet was really empty- as in everyone had an entire row of seats to themselves) I do recall the climate at that time. It was a good move to pull this scene and the right thing to do at the time. They could have put it back in for the syndication episodes a few years later though.

  2. I remember flying ORD-LHR shortly after flights resumed and there wasn’t more than a handful of passengers in Y (I think the flight was well under $300). Everyone on the flight was on edge.

    I also remember the incredible amount of goodwill I encountered by strangers of all different nationalities on the streets of London when they heard my American accent. Shame that goodwill was all squandered so quickly.

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