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Science to Alec Baldwin --

Shut it Down!

12/7/2011 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Alec Baldwin's ridiculous cell phone standoff actually raises a great question -- why DO you have to shut down when the plane door closes? We've got expert testimony about how your gadgets mess with a plane and put lives at risk.

Plus, Madonna vs. Gene Simmons ... in a battle over her Super Bowl gig. Live or lip-synch -- YOU make the call! Also, baseball's forcing sexy sideline reporters to tone it down, and Orioles reporter Amber Theoharis thinks it could be a big mistake.

Oh, and before you watch -- apologies to Missouri.
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(0:30) Jason starts the show off with some smack talk.  Charles seems to have gotten his shirt from Dax's closet.
(3:55)  Jerry Sandusky is behind bars!  We talk to Evan in the newsroom who fills us in with the horrific details.
(7:49)  TMZ's Lawyer, Jason Beckerman, lets us know what could possibly happen to Jerry Sandusky if he is found guilty.
(10:33) American Airlines fires back at Alec Baldwin after he bashes them on Twitter.  Come on Alec ... just turn your damn cell phone off when you're on a plane!
(20:00) An ex-pilot and Chief Flight Safety Operator calls in and tells us about the risk of keeping our electronics on while taking off and landing.
(26:43)   If you're from Missouri ... you should hear this.
(31:36) Does it matter if an artist lip-syncs during their Super Bowl performance?  Our newsroom has mixed thoughts.
(43:19) The MLB has new regulations.  There is now a dress code the media has to follow.  Check out the picture that started the controversy.

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16.

patty    

btw - every single super bowl performance is lip synched - including whitney houston national anthem - i've worked on a lot of them, the acoustics in a stadium make it impossible to sing live because of the reverb

1029 days ago
17.

MIKE    

Sandusky rearested wearing Pen State jacket,what a smuck!

1029 days ago
18.

Rozanne Terranova    

I think Brooke should go to jail, another Lindsey. She feels she can do anything she wants because she has money. Jail will hit home if the stay is long enough. Lindsey needs more jail time also.

1029 days ago
19.

RonBurgundy    

Ban the entire Baldwin family before someone gets killed.

1029 days ago
20.

RanSting    

Most airlines still refer to their washrooms as lavatories because airlines are continental and try to make terms as universal as possible.

1029 days ago
21.

Dan    

First, airlines are continental and try to make terms as universal as possible. Second, a bathtub would never fit on an airplane.

1029 days ago
22.

Physical Graffiti    

If they ban him, they have to ban all rude passengers, which is roughly 3/4 of any flight!

1029 days ago
23.

Bill    

As long as federal money is used or collected from the airline industry, nobody should be banned from air travel, unless they pose an immediate danger ie. bombs, knives, guns, etc.

1029 days ago
24.

patty    

wasn't baldwin suppose to move out of the country after bush re elected??

1029 days ago
25.

obama'saracist    

I will boycott the half time show and the actress who abandoned America.Baldwin should be placed on the no fly list period if he is going to act like a df and inconvenience everyone else then he should not get a second chance ban him

1029 days ago
26.

Krish    

Head is the term for the main water supply valve in a bathroom. Lavatory is the term used for the compartment where waste water is stored in a tank with chemicals..
Bathroom / restroom is where all the waste water exits the building to a sewer or septic system.
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Also, now Airplane Mode is allowed on Alaska Air.

1029 days ago
27.

PathFinder    

Maybe Kevin knows why its a lavatory

1029 days ago
28.

Jax    

bathroom is defined as “a room containing a bath or a shower and usually a wash basin.”

(Taking a shower or bath at 35,000 feet would be nice, especially on a cross-country flight.)

Lavatory refers to “a room fitted with equipment for washing the hands and face and usually with flush toilet facilities.”

http://grumpyeditor.typepad.com/grumpy_editor/2011/09/bathroom-vs-lavatory-which-word-flies-with-editors.html

1029 days ago
29.

Jax    

I love words with friends and I think Alec is great, but rules are rules, celebrity's aren't better than anyone else and Alec should turn the phone off when asked… I think that’s why celebrity’s seem to think they can get away with anything lately, because it seems the law bends for them do because of who they are...what if something did happen and the flight did go down…would everyone have blamed Alec for having his phone on? Doubtful….from ABC news: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/safe-cellphone-plane/story?id=13791569 A report by the International Air Transport Association, a trade group representing more 230 passenger and cargo airlines worldwide, do***ents 75 separate incidents of possible electronic interference that airline pilots and other crew members believed were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices. The report covers the years 2003 to 2009 and is based on survey responses from 125 airlines that account for a quarter of the world's air traffic.
Twenty-six of the incidents in the report affected the flight controls, including the autopilot, autothrust and landing gear. Seventeen affected navigation systems, while 15 affected communication systems. Thirteen of the incidents produced electronic warnings, including "engine indications." The type of personal device most often suspected in the incidents were cell phones, linked to four out of ten.
The report, which stresses that it is not verifying that the incidents were caused by PEDs, includes a sampling of the narratives provided by pilots and crewmembers who believed they were experiencing electronic interference.
"Auto pilot was engaged," reads one. "At about 4500 ft, the autopilot disengaged by itself and the associated warnings/indications came on. [Flight attendants] were immediately advised to look out for PAX [passengers] operating electronic devices. ... [Attendants] reported that there were 4 PAX operated electronic devices (1 handphone and 3 iPods)." The crew used the public address system to advise the passengers to shut off electronic devices "for their safety and the safety of the flight," after which the aircraft proceeded "without any further incident."

1029 days ago
30.

Flying Blind    

jason, as a heavy rocker all my life i laughed when my friends wanted to go to a Kiss concert years ago at their peak. It was one of the hardest rock shows i have ever went to and i've seen them all. and i played in bands myself.

1029 days ago
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