On the ground in Chicago, McCroskey readies the rescue units.
Meanwhile, Rex Kramer gives instructions to McCroskey on his car phone.
Turns out that Kramer knows Ted from the war. From this experience, Kramer understands full well that Ted has ability, but serious confidence issues.
Back in the air, Ted dons his headset and checks the controls. He loses control instantly, but manages to level the plane.
In the cabin, one of the passengers starts to lose it. She's promptly "calmed" by a throng of passengers who take turns slapping her back to reality with everything from open hands to wrenches to pistols.
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking," McCroskey laments, taking a swig from a flask.