Well, well, well.
The more we hear about Alec Baldwin's removal from an American Airlines flight for refusing to turn off his mobile device, the more difficult it is to figure out who's the biggest loser.
I've never been a big believer that my mobile device has any impact on takeoff and landing. My husband, a former airline pilot, says the aircraft's systems sometime detect interference from mobile signals, but he's not sure it's any big deal.
Still, a rule's a rule, and in the enclosed environment of an airplane, I think we've all learned the importance of following rules. You can complain later.
Alec Baldwin apparently didn't wait to complain, if the airline's account (and that of some fellow passengers) is accurate. Yes, flight attendants can be occasionally zealous in exerting authority, but, well, the world changed ten years ago and this is how it is now.
So, who do you think is the biggest loser?
American Airlines has a black eye in terms of PR, unless it can convince passengers that Baldwin acted as if the rules don't apply to him...because he's Alec Baldwin.
"Baldwin's the jerk as the crew gets a pass because they are required to look out for everyone's safety," @richriker tweeted me.
Not everyone agreed.
There seemed to be no middle ground.
Well, then I asked the following: A) who would you rather have a drink with, Alec Baldwin or the AA flight attendant? B) Who would you rather fly with? In this case, the flight attendant won by a frequent flier mile.
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