Alec Baldwin Kicked Off American Airlines Flight For Playing Game: [ send to a friend ]
Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport after he refused to stop playing a game on his cell phone as the plane was about to depart for New York.
The 53-year-old '30 Rock' star was playing a word game while the plane idled at a gate.
"The flight attendant on American reamed me out for playing Words With Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving," Baldwin complained on Twitter. "No wonder American Air is bankrupt. But, oddly, 30 Rock plays inflight on American. The real way is United."
Former MTV COO Michael J. Wolf also shared the incident, but mentioned that the plane had already left the gate and implied Baldwin was at fault.
"Alec Baldwin removed from the plane. We had to go back to the gate," he wrote. "Terrible that everyone had to wait."
But a spokesperson for the airline says "the passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane's lavatory."
"He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked. They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation. The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language."
And it was then the pilot demanded that Baldwin be removed from the plane.
"The flight attendants already look... smarter," Baldwin said when he boarded the second flight hours later. "Last flight with American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."
Country star John Rich was booted from a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this week after he appeared severly intoxicated.