All kinds of folks are getting kicked off planes these days. Days after two RIM employees were kicked off of a plane for creating a drunken raucous, 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin was removed from an American Airlines flight himself on Tuesday at LAX.
Now Baldwin is no stranger to going on tirades himself, both political and otherwise, and it appears that the critically acclaimed actor was booted off of a New York bound flight after exchanging words with a flight attendant regarding his iPhone use.
But wait, it gets better.
The plane was at the gate and not moving, so Baldwin decided it'd be a good idea to get in a few rounds of Words with Friends. Apparently a flight attendant didn't take to kindly to Baldwin still using his iPhone, prompting the flight attendant to "ream" him out. Shortly thereafter, Baldwin was asked to leave the airplane.
Comically, Baldwin took to Twitter where he described the altercation.
Baldwin spokesman Matthew Hitzik added, "He loves `Words with Friends' so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it."
The only way this story would be any better is if Baldwin was playing Angry Birds.
In any event, police weren't involved in the matter. As for Baldwin, he's taking out his frustrations via Twitter.
Here, he gives a shoutout and free advertising to United.
And funny enough, guess what might have played on Baldwin's original flight to the Big Apple?
Following Baldwin's tweets, CNN correspondent Brooke Baldwin asked Baldwin (I assume no relation) if Words With Friends is worth buying.
Baldwin responded back, "It's...well...addicting."
But Baldwin still wasn't done tweeting, noting that he was done flying American, exclaiming it's an airline "where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants." At this point, I can't tell the difference between Baldwin and his character on 30 Rock!
After being taken to task, American Airlines has finally responded to Baldwin's allegations. They don't dispute anything, but claim that Baldwin was anything but a model passenger, and even went so far as to take his iPhone into the bathroom after being told that it needed to be shut down.
American Airlines' statement reads:
Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter as well as the FAA regulations which American, and all airlines, must enforce. Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding.
When the door is closed for departure and the seat belt light is turned on, all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off.
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. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.
via Associated Press