Tom Hanks is a great guy, but he's not that easy to travel with. Here are some things you might not want to do with him. (Erin Patrick O'Connor/The Washington Post)

Say you find yourself as a character in a Tom Hanks movie plot. Congratulations! What an opportunity.

But just be careful to steer clear of all modes of transportation.

Tom Hanks is a great actor and seems like a swell guy, but Tom Hanks in movies does not have a safe track record when it comes to travel. The latest installment in the “maybe don’t go anywhere with Tom Hanks” list is “Sully,” which opens Friday. In the movie, Hanks is a pilot whose plane is disabled after it strikes a flock of geese. The lesson: Don’t get onto a plane piloted by Tom Hanks.

That’s something we should have learned long ago. We had plenty of opportunities, and here they are. (Warning, a bunch of spoilers ahead):

Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton appear in “Apollo 13.” (AP/Universal Pictures)

“Apollo 13” (1995)

Hanks, an astronaut with dreams of walking on the moon, goes into space with two crew members. But after an explosion, they abort the mission and spend the rest of the movie just trying to make it home alive. Don’t get onto a spacecraft with Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks in “Cast Away.” (Reuters)

“Cast Away” (2000)

Hanks boards a FedEx plane that crashes into the Pacific Ocean during a violent storm. He hangs out on a remote island for four years and passes the time by growing a beard, catching fish and developing a close bond with a volleyball. Don’t get on a FedEx plane headed for Malaysia with Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks in “Road to Perdition.” (Francois Duhamel/DreamWorks Pictures/20th Century Fox)

“Road to Perdition” (2002)

Hanks is in the mob, and his son hides in his car and witnesses another mobster kill a guy. The son is now a murder witness, and the mobster spends the movie going after him. Don’t get into a car with Tom Hanks.

Leonardo DiCaprio in “Catch Me If You Can.” (Reuters/Miramax Films)

“Catch Me If You Can” (2002)

Hanks chases Leonardo DiCaprio, a con artist, and when he finally catches Leo in France, he extradites him back to the United States. While they’re aboard the plane, Hanks breaks the news to Leo that his dad died the previous year. Don’t have Tom Hanks escort you on a plane home. He’ll probably tell you bad news.

Tom Hanks in “The Terminal.” (Merrick Morton/DreamWorks Pictures)

“The Terminal” (2004)

Hanks arrives at New York’s JFK airport from his country, Krakozhia. Upon arrival, he discovers civil war has broken out in his homeland, and the United States doesn’t recognize Hanks’s passport. Hanks, now stateless, has to live in the airport terminal for nine months. Don’t travel from a fictional former Soviet country to the United States with Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks as a 19th-century doctor in “Cloud Atlas.” (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

“Cloud Atlas” (2012)

Hanks plays a bunch of different roles. In the 1800s, he is a doctor who slowly poisons an American lawyer while they’re traveling on a ship. In the 1970s, Hanks is a nuclear power plant scientist whose plane gets blown up. Don’t get onto a ship or on a plane (you should know this by now) with Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips.” (AP/Sony-Columbia Pictures)

“Captain Phillips” (2013)

Hanks is the captain of an unarmed container ship. The ship gets hijacked by Somali pirates. Don’t travel off the eastern coast of Africa on a ship with Tom Hanks.

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