I was running an errand today and heard a reporter on NPR breathlessly relate that a new “petition” had appeared on the WH.gov site demanding that airlines stop ordering fliers to turn off their cell phones and electronic equipment. “Since yesterday there are already over 300 signatures!” she said.
And I thought, why is this news, and why is NPR reporting on it as though it is a major issue with an enormous groundswell of grassroot support?
Then, I read this and discovered a wonderful synchronicity! On December 04 the petition was started (it has over 900 signatures, now) and the very next day, this happened:
Hot-head Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight this afternoon in Los Angeles because he was playing a game on his phone apparently past the point when passengers are supposed to have turned off their devices.
On his Twitter account, Baldwin wrote: “Flight attendant on American [Airlines] reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.”
Fellow passengers stuck on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport quickly tweeted about the incident moments after it took place. [. . .] Baldwin was aboard AA Flight 4, which was delayed an hour, when the “30 Rock” star was booted for not listening to the flight attendant. . . .A rep for Baldwin said, “Alec was asked to leave a flight for playing Words with Friends while parked at the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight.”
I bet Baldwin will be signing that petition, if he hasn’t already! After all, important party members who want to play video games are being inconvenienced!
Well, thank God NPR is on the case. I would hate to know that anyone would have to make the smallest sacrifice, ever, for the sake of a safety measure that might not be important enough to warrant the ending of a game.
I love 30 Rock, and I love the character of Jack Donaghy, whom Baldwin plays so brilliantly. But I am so tired of my spoiled, spoiled generation.
And by the way, since I’m talking NPR, how much money do they need? Do they manage it poorly? I mean, they’re subsidized by the government, and Mrs. Kroc left them a tidy sum. Why do they need to have incessant pledge drives? Seems like they’re always asking for more money.
Well, I have donated in the past, but not this year. This year there are much needier people and organizations out there, than National Public Radio.
UPDATE: Baldwin is acting like a 14-year old, on Twitter, where he is making remarking that the flight attendants at American are “retired Catholic school gym teachers”. A champion of the hard-working “little people” wherever he goes, our Alec.