Alec Baldwin's American Airlines Debacle Prompts Survey

12:40 PM PST 12/12/2011 by Carolyn Giardina
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Most young adults aged 18-29 say passengers should be allowed to play electronic games while on the runway, according to Poll Position survey.

Following the much publicized story of Alec Baldwin being escorted off an American Airlines flight for playing the cell phone game Words With Friends while sitting on the runway, polling and social media company Poll Position conducted a national telephone survey to find out whose side the public had taken.

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Asked if they think passengers on a plane should be able to play electronic games with others while on the runway awaiting takeoff, respondents said no by a close 44% to 38% margin, with 18% having no opinion.

But results varied by age group. The findings suggest that among those between the ages of 18 and 29, 70% said passengers should be allowed to play electronic games while on the runway, while 24% said you should not, and 6% had no opinion.

Yet 56% of Americans 65 and over said you should not be allowed to play electronic games on a plane while awaiting take-off. In that age group, 21% said you should and 23% did not have an opinion.

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Poll Position’s survey of 1,356 registered voters nationwide was conducted on Sunday, Dec. 11, just one day after Baldwin appeared on Saturday Night Live to spoof the incident. The 30 Rock star appeared during the show’s Weekend Update segment dressed as an American Airlines pilot.

In the sketch, he apologized for having Baldwin removed from the flight, referring to the actor as “an American treasure” and “a smart hero.”

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