Thu, Dec 15, 2011
But Airline Is Not In Charge Of In-Flight Entertainment
American Airlines' flight attendants union is still
fuming about actor Alec Baldwin's Twitter blasts about his recent
experience on an AA flight and his less-than-sincere "apology" on
Saturday Night Live ... so much so that they have asked that
the actor's show 30 Rock be banned from the airline's
The only problem is NBC determines what shows it offers to
American, according to E! Online.
The popular actor donned an American Airline pilot's uniform for
last week's edition of SNL after he was kicked off an American
flight for not shutting off his cell phone when asked by the flight
crew. In the sketch, his airline captain character apologized to
the actor, saying "Mr. Baldwin is an American Treasure," and added
that "Mr. Baldwin was playing a game 'for smart people'." He also
took a swipe at the FAA's policy banning electronic devices during
certain phases of flight, saying "...Would you really get on an
airplane that flies 30,000 feet in the air if you thought a Kindle
switch would bring it down? Come on it’s just a cruel joke
perpetrated by the airline industry."
CNN reports that the Association of Professional Flight
Attendants has asked that the airline remove 30 Rock from its
lineup. Union spokesman Jeff Pharr said of the Baldwin incident
"The crew responded as they have been thoroughly trained to do so
by the FAA as safety professionals onboard the aircraft."
Baldwin's Twitter account was deactivated following his social
media tirade against the airline.
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