Flying High with Jason Reitman
JR: Well, this is my love letter to travel, so I want it to be as authentic as humanly possible. We were just fortunate in that American Airlines was a great partner and they got us into a lot of places we normally wouldn't. Not only into TSA security, but four international airports all over the world. They flew in a 757 so we could shoot on it, and because of that I think there is a level of detail in the methodology of travel in this film that no other film has.
RB: Well, I personally am grateful to you for pointing out that checking a bag adds 35 minutes to a flight, because I am very strict about carrying on. I will not let anyone I fly with check a bag.
JR: Thank you! There's just no reason. I just did many weeks on the road, and there was one block that was two weeks long and I did it all out of rollaway. As long as you have a place to wash underwear every once in a while you're fine. Every time you check a bag you're playing some sort of dangerous lottery. Best-case scenario, you're wasting a half hour, but I can't put my destiny in somebody else's control like that.