When the passengers of Con Air arrive at Lerner Airfield serial killer Garland Greene goes on a little scouting trip and finds a little girl playing tea party at a deserted swimming pool. He talks with her a little and ultimately sings with her, and we're likely supposed to believe he killed her the same way he did with the one girl he "drove through three states wearing her head as a hat."
Now this scene always struck me as so surreal and out-of-place that I never was quite sure if she was actually real or not. There are certainly factors speaking for her to be real, primarily the fact that it is a rather straight-to-the-point film in the first place. We also see her at the end when the plane takes off, standing in a little trailer park and waving goodbye (revealing that contrary to our expectation Garland did not kill her). But then again, the fact that Lerner Airfield is supposed to be quite desolate somewhere out in the desert without any people nearby makes it rather unusual to find a little girl strolling around a desolate old swimming pool in the middle of nowhere (and where's that swimming pool even come from?). She also seems to be the only resident of that trailer park at all, if there even was one, since noone else showed up there.
Now it might very well be that I'm imagining way too much here and she was just a girl living there somehow. Or maybe it might even have been deliberately left open for interpretation. But I actually wonder about this scene each and every of the million times I've seen that movie now. So am I actually the only one wondering about that and, even more important, is there any secured information if the little girl Garland meets at Lerner Airfield (and the whole scene afterall) was actually real or just his imagination?