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Rather than fret over their jobs, flight attendants obsess on Alec Baldwin, attempt 30 Rock ban

Rather than fret over their jobs, flight attendants obsess on Alec Baldwin, attempt 30 Rock ban

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Alec Baldwin as the pilot on Saturday Night Live. Courtesy of NBC
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One might think the Association of Professional Flight Attendants — the union representing American Airlines' 18,000 flight attendants — might have enough to worry about with the airline filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late November. After all, experts suggest that the restructuring will likely lead to decreases in pay and benefits, pensions and overall jobs.

So of course the APFA has mobilized against . . . Alec Baldwin.

Ever since the actor refused to give up his game of Words With Friends last Tuesday, it's been war between Baldwin and the airline. Baldwin was kicked off the flight for slamming the lavatory door and being "extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language,"according to American's Facebook post.

 The flight attendants have talked to decision makers at American Airlines to try and get Baldwin's sitcom 30 Rock pulled from the in-flight entertainment lineup. 

He first took his displeasure to Twitter, then told his side of the story in The Huffington Posttwice — and eventually skewered the airline and himself by dressing up as an AA pilot on Saturday Night Live.

It's the last appearance that seems to have set off the flight attendant union.

“There is a difference between being funny and being mean,” AFPA's Julie Frederick told RadarOnline.com. “Flight attendants have not been the only recipients of Alec Baldwin’s ill temper."

Now, according to E! Online, the flight attendants have talked to decision makers at American Airlines to try and get Baldwin's sitcom 30 Rock pulled from the in-flight entertainment lineup. A spokesman for American says no final decision on the show has been made.

Frankly, I'm not sure who pulling 30 Rock from flights hurts. NBC? Tina Fey? Travelers with good taste in comedy? Certainly Alec Baldwin won't be losing sleep over it.

What do you think? Are American Airlines employees right to be angry over the SNL sketch? (You can watch it below.)