SNL Sketch Pokes Fun at the Airline Boarding Process

By Jeremy Del Nero on 3 October 2013
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If you were watching last week’s Saturday Night Live episode,DSC_0409 you might have gotten a bit excited when the cameras all of a sudden focused on a very realistic looking airport setting with two agents boarding Express Air flight 314 with service from Chicago to Dallas. The agents, played by comedian Tina Fey and SNL cast member Taran Killam, announced the start of boarding.

The boarding process began with a fairly standard announcement, calling elderly passengers or those needing special assistance for pre-boarding, followed by parents traveling with small children.  Nothing amiss there.  The next group to be called was children traveling with small parents and it became clear how this was going to down, especially when the next group was oneworld alliance members and diamond advantage  (or was it the mythical double Diamond AAdvantage status) partners.

First class passengers were boarded next, followed by X-men first class and X-men business class.  At this point, the wife in a couple that had been watching the boarding process unfold commented to her disgruntled husband said, “honey, they’re a commercial airline, I think they know what they’re doing.”  Yeah, we couldn’t help but snicker at that part too.

Foreign passengers who have not yet been called were invited to “ignore us and try to board any way” but no one comes.  It’s not until “all Brazilian and Italian passengers” were invited to begin “pushing and shoving” and “selectively understanding English” that the light bulb really goes on.

As frequent flyers, we recognize much of the absurdity because it also occurs in real life.  Watch the video and keep your eye on the gentleman with the slightly oversized carryon.  Thankfully, we have the comedic superstars at SNL to lighten the mood and make you laugh the next time you’re being called for boarding.  We know we will.

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