Many Americans are siding with Alec Baldwin on at least one issue: not wanting to put away mobile devices while on the runway before takeoff.
New research from Poll Position reports that 70 percent of people between the ages 18 and 29 (a.k.a. "millennials") replied that you should be allowed to play electronic games while on the runway.
Within that same demographic, just less than a quarter (24 percent) said that you should not while just 6 percent had no opinion.
By contrast, 56 percent of respondents aged 65 and over think that you should not be allowed to play electronic games on a plane while awaiting take-off. Results differed further as 21 percent in this age group said that you should be able to play electronic games on the runway, and 23 percent did not have an opinion
For reference, these results are based on responses from 1,356 registered voters nationwide, and the survey was conducted by telephone on December 11.
Although reasoning for these responses were not provided by Poll Position, these numbers could be explained by the fact that the airlines hasn't done a decent job explaining as to why we can't use electronic devices before takeoff.
While seeing someone fidgeting with an electronic device might seem disconcerting to some, there hasn't been any conclusive evidence tying the use of mobile devices at any point while on an aircraft (takeoff, mid-air, landing, etc.) to a plane crash.
Air travel is already stressful enough these days with fees popping up left and right, long lines at security checkpoints, and long delays on tarmacs sometimes, among other issues. While we should respect and follow the instructions of the flight crew, some of these regulations are becoming to seem a bit draconian.