As part of a bit during the Weekend Update segment, Baldwin showed up in a pilot's uniform and a thick mustache. He said he was American Airlines pilot Steve Rogers and he was there to apologize to Alec Baldwin ... or himself ... but as a pilot ... but really an actor who's "played a pilot on TV." Oh just watch the clip, you'll get the joke.
Baldwin's fake pilot said turning off electronics on a plane, which is why he was escorted of the Los Angeles flight, is a joke anyway. He asked Weekend Update host Seth Meyers, "Would you really get on an airplane that flew 30,000 feet in the air if you felt one Kindle switch could take it down? C'mon, it's just a cruel joke perpetrated by the airplane industry. We would've gotten away with it, but Alec Baldwin is just too smart for us. He really is something, Seth."
At least one real pilot isn't laughing. Steve Roach flies for American Airlines. He told MSNBC.com news services: “I was disappointed that it was making light of something that’s fairly serious and also was poking fun at a group of employees that are very proud and a historic airline who are going through a tough period right now.”
So is Alec Baldwin trying to do damage control, or just a little more damage?