Dunno. I don't see any huge civil rights issue here. Or at least not one big enough to deserve taking a stand on.
True enough. The issue to me seems to be one of douchebaggery. Something all too prevalent in some industries/companies.
The real problem with incidents like this is they get lumped in with the real and serious complaints people have about airlines and airport security. As such, it diverts attention and dialog away from the incidents that really matter. Which is really a shame. Because there have been serious issues that need to be addressed.
Very true. Molesting children in airports is a much more serious issue than not playing games while the airplane is parked.
In the end, I don't know if there's really any difference between attention to this and that though. They're both equally ignored.
Like how long has there been a ban on electronics? Flying in anything but the sunniest weather with no wind is far more dangerous. It's quite ridiculous, really.
I suppose that I'm beyond disillusioned at this point though... I fail to understand why it's so horribly difficult to follow the scientific method, and why people cling to voodoo and superstition for things like this.
But nothing gets done... People take on faith that if you make a phone call inside an airplane, it will blow up, Al Qaeda will win, World War III will start, and the sun will supernova.
On the child molestation front, it's only ok if it's Uncle Sam. And nothing can change that, because then the "terrorists" win and the sun still supernovas.
Truth be told, the terrorists already won. And they'll continue to win until sanity returns and all these "protections" stop.
Can you blame the guy for being pissed at having to put up with that?
Actually, yeah I can. When you're in an airport or on a flight you tend to run into improperly trained yet overly zealous individuals who are wearing the livery of some airline or carrying a badge of some sort. It's seldom worth arguing with these people since it seldom accomplishes anything other than to create an incident and cause inconvenience to everybody around you.
Yeah... It's pretty juvenile to throw a temper tantrum like that. Still... I can't help but see the original condition for the temper tantrum as completely irrational. Like, if someone wants to be irrational, why should that obligate anyone else to play by their irrational rules? Well... marriage and relationships excepted.
And yeah... The staff are just doing their jobs... It's not their fault. If they don't, they'll get fired, so I certainly can't blame them for that.
It's a bad situation to start. I don't see how anyone can expect it to end well. This is just further proof.
Note: for the record, I really like Alec Baldwin as an actor. I think he's one of the better ones out there right now.
He's great on 30 Rock!