Perhaps thanks to the election cycle SNL has been funny lately, which is the first time in a while I’ve felt that way. Last night’s SNL had a skit that aviation geeks will appreciate. The skit is about Sully Sullenberger, and specifically about him going back to being an airline pilot. In the skit he find out that he needs to fly as first officer rather than captain, given that he has been gone for so long, and he’s not really okay with that.
Sully is played by Tom Hanks (as is the case in the movie), while the flight’s captain is played by Alec Baldwin.
Here’s the hilarious clip:
While I thought it was funny, I also couldn’t help but notice all the inaccuracies. I get that this was a spoof and that accuracy isn’t the priority, but that didn’t stop me from noticing things. Specifically:
- They showed a different plane for boarding, take off, and in the air
- There’s a cockpit visitor during the flight, which is a big no-no
- The captain calls the tower to check who is scheduled as the pilot
- This whole thing almost feels like an American advertisement, given the number of times they show the plane
Did I miss anything?
Regardless, I thought this was hilarious.