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Alec Baldwin: The airline tiff, the "SNL" skit and now the poll?

December 12, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Alec Baldwin, appearing as the fictitious Capt. Steve Rogers, and Seth Meyers on "Saturday Night Live."
Alec Baldwin, appearing as the fictitious Capt. Steve Rogers, and Seth… (Screen grab from "Saturday…)

Show of hands: How many think Alec Baldwin or anyone should be able to play electronic games while waiting on the runway?

Poll Position, a polling and social media company, asked that very question Sunday via phone of 1,356 registered voters nationwide. The results:

--44 percent said no
--38 percent said yes--18 percent had no opinion

But when you look at different age groups of people polled, responses differ greatly. Seventy percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said passengers should be allowed to play games while waiting to take off while 56 percent of respondents 65 and older said no.

Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight last Tuesday apparently because he refused to turn off his electronic device and stop playing Words With Friends. Baldwin tweeted his version of events, including saying he was "reamed" by a flight attendant for not complying. American later gave a lengthy account on Facebook that detailed the bad behavior of a customer, without naming names.

Who had the last word? Not sure. Baldwin mocked the incident in a "Saturday Night Live" skit on Saturday in which he played a pilot "apologizing" to Baldwin. American has no comment on the skit.

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