28 June 2014

How to travel fast

From "Up in the air" (2009), starring George Clooney as million-miles-flyer Ryan Bingham.

Ryan. Never get behind people travelling with infants. I've never seen a stroller collapse in less than twenty minutes.

 Ryan. Old people are worse. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left on Earth.

Ryan. Five words: randomly selected for additional screening.

Ryan. Asians! They're light packers, treasure efficiency, and have a thing for slip-on shoes. Gotto love 'em.

Natalie. That's racist.

Ryan. I'm like my mother. I stereotype. It's faster.

Comment. 'Stereotype' is just another word for 'statistical truth'. You're well advised by evolution to act by them, unless you can afford to spend time investigating a particular case.