Well, readers, here at last is the payoff: Les ignored her pleas, so Lisa's Ghost escalated matters and violated laws that would land a living person in federal prison. I haven't flown in years, but I'm wondering, in the event of an "anonymous phony bomb threat," if:
- passengers would remain on the plane "for a couple of hours", and
- mechanics would be dispatched to look for explosives outside the plane.
(…maybe it was a very explicit threat: "…there's a bomb on the plane…next to the trunnion mount on the left engine…")
And file under "quarter inch removed from real life": the guy with the clipboard can't grasp how some nut would threaten the safety of airline passengers on Christmas Eve? Unthinkable! I guess we can blame TB's fatuousness on his year-in-advance production schedule: the world hadn't yet heard of the Undie Bomber when this strip was drawn.