Outside of the US 'Airplane' was titled 'Flying High'.
Seems the drug connotation was too much for the US censors.
US censors.... strange animals to say the least... not to mention those peculiar minded people who keep them in a job.
Yup, I find it so strange [hypocritical, even] that US movies can show wholesale tits and bum from beginning to end, yet love scenes on US TV [stuff intended for adults] are sanitised to the point they're not even credible.... eg, people who have just done the horizontal dance together are not concerned about covering up their rude bits with sheets, etc.
Also dumbfounding was the fuss over Janet Jackson's Superbowl nipple slip. It was over before most even noticed it, yet the public outcry went on for months afterwards. Thing is, if the news and current affairs programmes hadn't made a big song and dance about it, it's likely the majority of Americans would never have noticed/known anything about it, yet that 2 seconds goes down as a blight in US history.
Equally as puzzling is the eff word being censored/bleeped out when it has become every day language for many US citizens, yet if one expletive gets though on TV there's a public outrage and letters of complaint to station management.
Okay, confused mode off now and b.o.t. [back on topic]
My fave horror [slash comedy] is 'The Evil Dead' series with Bruce Davidson... and of those 'The Evil Dead 2' tops the list.
My fave war movie is 'Where Eagles Dare' with Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton [though I ordinarily don't like this genre at all]
My fave sci-fi is 'The Hidden' with Kyle McLachlan
My fave drama is 'The Verdict' with Paul Newman.
My fave thriller is 'The Green Mile' with Tom Hanks