Plot[ edit ] During a red-eye flight of a Lockheed L from Los Angeles International Airport to Boston Logan International Airport , the plane flies through a strange light, and most of the passengers and flight crew disappear, leaving behind only personal artifacts. Only those passengers who were asleep remain, and discover the predicament when they wake. Pilot Brian Engle, deadheading on the flight, takes the controls; unable to contact any other airport, he decides to land the plane at Bangor International Airport because of its long runway. In addition to Engle, the other passengers include: Nick Hopewell, a mysterious Englishman; Laurel Stevenson, a schoolteacher on vacation; Don Gaffney, a tool and die worker on his way to meet his new granddaughter; Albert Kaussner, a violinist on his way to the Berklee College of Music ; Bethany Sims, a girl whose estranged family is planning on sending her to a drug rehab ; Bob Jenkins, a mystery-novel author; Dinah Bellman, a blind girl on her way to Boston to undergo optic surgery; Rudy Warwick, a perpetually sleepy businessman with a ravenous appetite; and Craig Toomy, an unstable business executive agitated over missing a scheduled meeting in Boston. Dinah, who has some telepathic ability, senses troubling issues with Craig and warns the others about him. In a flashback, it is shown that Craig suffered from psychological abuse from his father, who instilled in him a fear of the "Langoliers", creatures who hunt down and devour the lazy and irresponsible.
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Contents [ show ] Summary On a cross-country red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, ten passengers awaken to find that the crew and most of their fellow passengers have disappeared. They realize only those sleeping are now left on the plane. Upon arrival, the airport is abandoned with no signs of life. There are no odors, electricity, or echoes. Food and drinks are tasteless and matches simply sputter out. They soon hear "radio static" in the distance.
Craig believes it is "The Langoliers", monsters he was afraid of as a child who go after those who waste time. Unable to get to his business meeting, Craig snaps, hallucinating his abusive, Type A personality father, and takes Bethany as a hostage.
He shoots Albert, who escapes injury since the bullet has no energy. Craig is then subdued and tied up. Bob begins to theorize that they have flown through a time rip, resembling the aurora borealis, that the airline spotted over the Mojave Desert. Bob declares that the world they are in is the past, a place that forbids time travelers to observe or interfere with past events, instead being a deserted world that "time" and everything else has left behind.
To get back, Bob theorizes, they must fly back through the aurora. The survivors work together to refuel the plane. Since it still holds "present time", which Albert discovers by noting how much brighter the plane appears compared to the rest of the world, fuel will burn properly, unlike the combustible materials in the gun and matches. Craig, now completely insane, escapes and rampages through the airport.
Believing the others to be manifestations of the Langoliers, he stabs Dinah in the chest and kills Don. Albert subdues Craig and leaves him badly injured on the airport floor. While the plane is in its final preparations Dinah telepathically communicates with Craig and persuades him that his board meeting is being held on the runway. It turns out that Craig is right, in a way.
Two creatures, followed by hundreds more, emerge from the forest and head for the plane, consuming everything in their path. Brian describes them in horror as large dark beach ball-like monsters expanding and contracting with semicircular caves as mouths and gnashing blurring teeth leaving trails of black nothingness in their wake.
Craig flees in terror and heads for the refuge of the terminal. The first two Langoliers follow him past the plane, leaving Engle enough time to get the plane moving towards the runway. Though Craig nearly escapes, the Langoliers catch up with him after biting off his legs and eat him, killing him. In the plane, Bob theorizes that the Langoliers are the timekeepers of eternity, and that their purpose is to clean up what is left of the past by eating it.
The plane takes off, and as they fly the passengers watch the rest of the land below falling into a formless, black void. As the aircraft heads for Los Angeles, they discuss their pasts.
Nick reveals himself as a specialist in the British Army, on a mission to assassinate the girlfriend of a Boston politician funding the IRA. Dinah speaks to Laurel about how her life is ending happily, then quietly succumbs to her injuries. Nick confesses his feelings for Laurel and his hopes of a romance with her after returning home. Albert and Bethany reveal a similar attraction to each other. All the characters realize that they have considerable regrets in their pasts, and that the trip through the rift has allowed them to come to terms with their actions.
Bob soon realizes that they must be asleep to survive going through the rift again. Nick volunteers to manipulate the controls, knowing full well this will cost him his life. He takes a moment to ask Laurel to pass a message to his father, telling that he, Nick, was going to leave the "business. Nick vanishes as the plane passes through the rift, leaving only the fillings from his teeth and an artificial knee behind.
In the TV version, only his watch remains. The survivors awaken unharmed, with the exception of nosebleeds caused by the pressure drop. Seemingly, nothing has changed. The plane lands in a deserted Los Angeles. When they check outside, the passengers again hear a noise. It is not the ominous sound of the Langoliers, but a relaxing hum.
Inside the airport, sounds echo and food has taste. The group takes shelter against the wall to avoid the soon-to-appear human traffic in the airport. They begin to see colors with holograms of people and activity going on. A flash hits them and they find themselves in the present again.
Happy to be back, the group goes outside for some fresh air. Adaptations The story was adapted into a two-part made-for-television movie in It was directed by Tom Holland Thinner. Book Cover.
The Langoliers (miniserie)