December 12th, 2011
09:51 AM ET
Alec Baldwin has spoken out about getting booted from an American Airlines flight last week, and on the latest edition of "Saturday Night Live," it was American Airlines Captain Steve Rogers' turn...as played by Alec Baldwin.
"Captain Steve Rogers," in uniform with a thick mustache and a heavy Southern accent, recounted to Seth Meyers that Baldwin's dismissal from the flight last week after refusing to shut off his cell phone was "awful." (Baldwin, mind you, had been playing "Words with Friends" at the time.)
But after that fiasco, Steve Rogers felt the need to appear on "SNL" "and on behalf of everyone at American Airlines, issue an apology to Mr. Alec Baldwin," the captain explained. Meyers wasn't buying Baldwin's routine as the best way to handle the situation, but the actor shushed him and kept going:
"Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure. I am ashamed at the way he was treated. What harm would it do to let him keep playing his game?"
And not just any game, "but a word game for smart people."
And according to Steve Rogers, that whole "shut off your electronic devices" business when flying is all a sham. He asked Seth, "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."
But what about Baldwin slamming the plane's restroom door shut? The captain had an answer for that:
"'Words with Friends' can be frustrating," he explained. "I just started playing the game myself...let me tell you, that would make you slam the bathroom door too."
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