When it comes time for movies and television to be shot on aircraft, they don’t rent out real planes. Instead, a company has specialized in creating custom sets that look just like the real thing complete with simulators for crashes and other air disasters. It’s all very fascinating and it’s refreshing to see real movie magic rather than just doing everything with CGI. In an age of special FX, we have to cherish the moments when Hollywood uses the real thing, as much as a studio in Burbank can be the real thing.

Enjoy this analysis of how your on-flight entertainment takes flight.