Robert Hayes, who played the classic 80s comedy “Airplane!” The sweaty, irritable pilot Ted Stryker plays host to the new A&E clip series “Fasten Your Seatbelt”—but it’s not as flashy as it sounds.
OK, okay, maybe a little. Hayes has some street cred when it comes to “fasten your seatbelt”, which uses footage from cellphones and security cameras to document airport and airline incidents both humorous and shocking: their The father was a Marine Corps colonel/fighter pilot who won the Distinguished Flying Cross – and Hayes himself is a licensed pilot.
“My dad was in [the Marines] For almost 30 years and fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was an amazing person,” said Hayes, 73, who learned to fly while starring in the 1979-80 CBS sitcom “Angie.”
“I got my license and wanted to surprise my dad,” he said. “It was something I’ve always wanted to do and that was pre-‘Airplanes!’ People say, ‘Oh, you got it’ [pilot’s] license because you said ‘Airplane!’ – No, I had actually met him before.’ I haven’t flown in a while… I was working on adding up my single-engine land rating and getting a rotorcraft. [helicopter] Rating, which was ridiculously funny … Then life came along and I didn’t have time and pretty soon it slipped a bit.
“As much as people who know I’m a pilot don’t know that I was in [‘Airplane!’] That’s why they wanted me — but I’m taking a wild guess there.”
“Fast your seatbelts”, premiering Wednesday (July 21) at 10 p.m., features people acting rude (sometimes downright dangerous) or heroic (pilots making emergency landings, people coming to the aid of a fellow passenger) show, in which Hayes narrates the clip. An airline terminal set in a studio in North Hollywood.
The hour-long opener includes security-camera footage of things in an Atlanta airport terminal when a drunk man physically assaults a stranger; A furious ticket holder turns on a gate agent when his family leave is interrupted; A captain leaves the cockpit to drop a passenger down and protect a flight attendant; And pilots make emergency landings on American highways. There is so much more.
Hayes said, “Airports are rough, all that waiting and stuff… all those things that we show in the series.” “It’s everything that happens in airports and around airplanes, things that people film on their cellphones and what happens on security cameras. Some of them are actually a lot of fun; when you have a simple, stationary camera. which no one is moving, some things come in and out of the frame that can be very funny.
“A lot of these incidents … it seems because people are assimilating too much,” he said. “In the past, people didn’t hear much about this sort of thing, but especially now with cellphones… everyone has a camera. They don’t even say, ‘Do you have a camera? ‘ They say, ‘Do you have a phone so I can take a picture or a video?’
“After the audience sees the show some of them might say, ‘Oh, wait a minute, something happened at the airport that I took a picture of, I wonder if they want to see it?