As I watched this video of Frontier Airlines flight attendant Alfredo Rivera animatedly describe how he tied up belligerent passenger Maxwell Berry with duct tape, I kept thinking to myself "please let this be real." Of course, the fact that I was thinking that the video seemed too good to be true meant it wasn't true.
It's a parody video, starring comedian The Real Spark, and it's garnered 1.5 million views on YouTube. But many people, including news outlets, thought the video was a real interview with a Frontier flight attendant. I don't blame them, because the video is edited to look like a real news clip and The Real Spark is convincing.
Even though the video isn't genuine, it's still hilarious.
One post of the video on Twitter has 1.4 million views at the time of writing, and was posted with the caption: "Alfredo Rivera is the greatest storyteller of our time."
Piers Morgan, formerly a CNN host in the U.S. and a presenter on Good Morning Britain in the U.K., was among those to share the clip. He wrote: "This is utterly fantastic. We need more people like Alfredo in the world."
As the video has spread, many have interacted with it as though it is a genuine news report.
One user wrote: "I've never heard of Frontier Airlines, but I'll book a flight to just about anywhere immediately if it means I can have this gentleman as my flight attendant!"
Another said: "I would be more than happy to have this gentleman attending any or all my future flights."