Saturday Night Live seems to have air travel themed skits with some frequency nowadays. I’d say they’re mostly pretty funny, though I think generally the more you know about a topic, the less funny these skits become.
For example, in the past couple of years we’ve seen SNL do skits about rapping Southwest flight attendants…
And about Aer Lingus…
And about US Customs & Border Protection agents…
Well, this past weekend SNL has released their latest air travel themed skit, and it’s about air traffic controllers. No, it had nothing to do with the government shutdown. Rather, here’s how it’s described:
A Scottish air traffic controller (James McAvoy) with a heavy accent tries to guide a plane to a safe landing.
Here’s the video:
I thought the skit was funny — not laugh out loud funny, but amusing nonetheless.
I could also really relate to it. I’m usually really good with understanding accents, but a couple of months back I was at British Airways’ pre-flight dining at JFK, and a Scottish gentleman was seated at the table across from me.
He started talking to me, and I felt horrible, because I couldn’t understand a word he said. I’ve been to Scotland before, but this guy’s accent was next level. I felt bad and didn’t want to say “sorry, I can’t understand you,” so I just laughed at what he said, nodded, agreed, and ate really quickly so I could leave and get myself out of the awkward situation.