Have you ever seen the film, Up in the Air? If you haven’t, the main character, Ryan Bingham, is an expert in firing employees for companies who are downsizing. He travels a lot and is obsessed with reaching ten million frequent flyer miles. A new kid, Natalie Keener, is hired by Ryan’s boss. She’s “invented” a new way to reduce costs by video conferencing with the people they are firing for others. Ryan obviously sees a major flaw in this new business plan, and is determined to show Natalie and his boss how this is an awful idea.
So Natalie accompanies Ryan on his flying adventures to different companies. And there is a segment Ryan discusses with Natalie about getting through airport security. The following is from IMDb:
Ryan Bingham: Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. God love ’em.
Natalie Keener: That’s racist.
Ryan Bingham: I’m like my mother, I stereotype. It’s faster.
I’ll have to say that on my recent flying adventure, I thought of this film and starting laughing. I even found myself looking for who I thought would move the fastest through the security lines. I didn’t see any Asians, but I definitely avoided the elderly people and those with families. I packed light and knew what I was doing. I had my laptop easily accessible, wore slip on shoes, no jewelry, jackets were packed up to take out later, and wore a stretchy skirt and t-shirt. I didn’t have to go through that degrading body scanner either, but that’s another story…
I was the stereotypical Asian that Ryan Bingham references.