Sunday, December 11, 2011

Alec Baldwin makes surprise appearance on 'Saturday Night Live' to spoof American Airlines tantrum

"Alec Baldwin is an American treasure!" Alec Baldwin exclaimed in the skit

Sunday, December 11 2011, 2:09 AM

  He's no Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, but Alec Baldwin, dressed as Captain Steve Rogers, might have once more saved his career with a hilarious, and well-timed, spoof on SNL.
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He's no Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, but Alec Baldwin, dressed as Captain Steve Rogers, might have once more saved his career with a hilarious, and well-timed, spoof on SNL.

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When the going gets tough, Alec Baldwin goes to “Saturday Night Live.”

The “30 Rock” funnyman, who was kicked off an American Airlines flight last Tuesday for refusing to turn off his cell phone while playing the game Words With Friends, had a few words to share with his SNL friends – and fans.

Dressed as pilot Captain Steve Rogers, Baldwin joined Seth Myers for SNL’s Weekend Update to extend a heartfelt apology for the incident to, well, himself.

“It was awful Seth,” mustachioed Captain Rogers said. “Which is why it was important for me to come here and on behalf of everyone at American Airlines, issue an apology to Mr. Alec Baldwin!”

“Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure!”

Like any keen interviewer, Myers kept the questions about the star’s tantrum coming.

“It was also reported that Alec Baldwin slammed the bathroom door so loudly it could be heard in the cockpit?”

“Now Seth, Words with Friends can be frustrating,” Captain Rogers explained. “But when you think you’re about to play 'jailers' off of somebody's 'quiche' and you realize you don’t have the ‘i’ - let me tell you - that would make you slam the door too!”

“Don’t phones interfere with the plane’s communication system?” Myers asked.

“Oh, you don’t believe that, do you, Seth? Would you really get on an airplane that flies 30,000 feet in the air if you thought a Kindle switch would bring it down? Come on it’s just a cruel joke perpetrated by the airline industry.”

While Baldwin had America in stitches, American Airlines may not take so kindly to the surprise skit, considering personnel have already asked the airline to remove “30 Rock” as in-flight entertainment, requested that Baldwin be put on an internal no-fly list and suggested he also be fined by the FAA.

"It has not been proven that electronic devices do not interfere with safety sensitive systems of the aircraft, especially at critical times of flight, taxi, take-off and landing," American Airlines flight attendant Lonny Glover, a safety and security expert with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, told the Daily News.

"We do not want to risk the safety, fellow passengers and crew by playing a word game on an iPad, sending that last text, reading that last paragraph of your E-book," he said.

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