Alec Baldwin Kicked Off American Airlines Flight for Playing 'Words With Friends'

Actor Alec Baldwin, who plays a media mogul with few self-esteem issues on NBC’s 30 Rock, says he was kicked off an American Airlines plane awaiting take-off at Los Angeles International Airport for playing the electronic game, “Words With Friends.”

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Baldwin Tweets Outrage over Ouster

As is de rigueur these days, the celebrity immediately began tweeting his outrage, telling his followers “Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”

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It’s not clear if the actor was kicked off his plane because he refused to shut off the unspecified electronic device on which he was playing Words (a game similar to Scrabble) or if he displayed any sort of temper as was suggested in one media report.

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American Airlines isn’t saying much of anything, although it is known that the airline tried to reach to the actor via its own tweets, saying “Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this.”

UPDATE: American Airline’s response to the Baldwin incident appeared on its Facebook page: “This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time. 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.”

Baldwin, meanwhile, kept tweeting, occasionally adding the hashtag, “#theresalwaysunited”.

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Media Rush to Cover Baldwin Plane Incident

It’s interesting to see how various media outlets are treating the incident. TMZ, for example, heralded its story with a “Breaking News” banner, and the lead, “Alec Baldwin claims an American Airlines flight attendant WENT BALLISTIC.”

The financial news service Bloomberg, meanwhile, commented on how this could affect an initial public offering from Zynga, which makes numerous games including Words With Friends (“Addicting,” according to Baldwin). One analyst quoted in the story said, “This is phenomenal for Zynga.”

Baldwin, meanwhile, did get on another American plane after his ouster yesterday afternoon and proceeded on to his undetermined destination.


Published: December 7, 2011