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I have a dark sense of humor and found this sketch funny. Saturday Night Live wasted little time in lampooning Alaska Airlines and the harrowing incident on flight 1282. The fake commercial aired last night and parodies what happened on the Boeing 737 MAX 9 flight that lost a deactivated emergency exit door in flight (more here).
The sketch introduces what could be Alaska’s new tagline: “Alaska Airlines: You didn’t die, and you got a cool story.” The cast portrays crew members, passengers, and even Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (more here about the US Airways incident, which marked its 15th anniversary).
Some of the funniest lines include:
- “On other airlines you can watch movies, but on Alaska, you’re in the movie.”
- “If you think Alaska the state is cold, just wait until our plane’s roof rips off.”
- “For extra precaution, we’ll now be taking off with the inflatable slide already deployed.”
- “We’re the same airline where a pilot tried to turn off the engine midflight while on mushrooms. And, now we’re so proud to say that’s our second worst flight.”
While the issue is not Alaska’s fault (as it was Boeing who built the 737 MAX 9), the airline has been associated with safety since it occurred. I’ve had several colleagues ask me if it’s safe to fly on Alaska or a Boeing 737 MAX 8 (which is not facing the same inspections as the 737 MAX 9).
Anthony’s Take: SNL did a good job at lampooning this troubling incident. It would not have been funny (or likely touched) had people died or gotten seriously injured. Luckily, everyone onboard walked away from the flight and the issue was discovered before something more disastrous happened.
(Featured Image Credit: Saturday Night Live.)
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