Robert Hays, who famously performed sweating, jittery pilot Ted Striker within the traditional ’80s film comedy “Airplane!,” hosts the brand new A&E clip collection “Fasten Your Seatbelt” — however it’s not as campy because it sounds.
OK, nicely, perhaps just a bit. Hays does have some road cred in the case of “Fasten Your Seatbelt,” which makes use of footage from cellphones and safety cameras to doc airport and airline incidents each humorous and surprising: his father was a Marine Corps colonel/fighter pilot who received the Distinguished Flying Cross — and Hays is a licensed pilot himself.
“My dad was in [the Marines] for nearly 30 years and fought in World Battle II, Korea and in Vietnam. He was a tremendous man,” stated Hays, 73, who discovered to fly whereas starring within the 1979-80 CBS sitcom “Angie.”
“I acquired my license and needed to shock my dad,” he stated. “It was one thing I at all times needed to do and that was pre-‘Airplane!’ Individuals say, ‘Oh, you bought your [pilot’s] license since you did ‘Airplane!’ — no, I truly acquired it earlier than that.’ I haven’t flown shortly…I used to be engaged on including to my single-engine land ranking and was engaged on getting a rotor craft [helicopter] ranking, which was ridiculously enjoyable…then life got here alongside and I didn’t have the time and fairly quickly it kind of slipped away a bit.
“Not as many individuals know that I’m a pilot than know that I used to be in [‘Airplane!’] which is why they needed me — however I’m taking a wild guess there.”
“Fasten Your Seatbelt,” premiering Wednesday (July 21) at 10 p.m., reveals individuals appearing boorish (typically downright harmful) or heroic (pilots making emergency landings, individuals coming to assistance from a fellow passenger), with Hays narrating the clips from an airline terminal set situated at a studio in North Hollywood.
The hourlong opener consists of security-camera footage of issues getting out of hand when an intoxicated man bodily assaults a stranger in an Atlanta airport terminal; a livid tickets holder lashes out at a gate agent when her household trip will get disrupted; a captain leaves the cockpit to take down a passenger and defend a flight attendant; and pilots make emergency landings on US highways. And there’s rather more.
“The airports are tough, all that ready and stuff…the entire issues we present within the collection,” Hays stated. “It’s every little thing that occurs round airports and airplanes, the issues individuals movie on their cellphones and what’s on safety cameras. A few of them are literally fairly humorous; when you have got a easy, nonetheless digicam with nobody shifting it, there are issues that come out and in of the body that may be very humorous.
“A number of these incidents…appear to occur as a result of individuals are imbibing just a bit an excessive amount of,” he stated. “Up to now, individuals didn’t hear a lot about this sort of factor taking place however, particularly now with cellphones…everybody has a digicam. They don’t even say, ‘Do you have got a digicam?’ they are saying, ‘Do you have got a cellphone so I can take an image or a video?’
“After viewers see the present a few of them could say, ‘Oh, wait a minute, one thing occurred on the airport that I took an image of, I ponder if they need to see this?’”