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Alec Baldwin Removed From American Airlines Flight

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 7th 2011 6:30AM
Alec Baldwin entered into an online tirade against American Airlines last night after he was removed from a flight at LAX airport. The actor was reportedly playing 'Words With Friends' on his cell phone when he was asked to turn it off.

According to TMZ
flight attendants asked him to shut off his cell phone in the middle of a game after the cabin door closed, but while the plane was still at the gate.

A police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told 'The Los Angeles Times' that Baldwin was escorted off an American Airlines flight. The source said police were not involved in the incident, which he said was between the airline and the actor.

Fellow passenger, former MTV President and COO Michael J. Wolf, tweeted: "On an AA flight at LAX. Alec Baldwin removed from the plane We had to go back to the gate. Terrible that everyone had to wait."

A short time later, Baldwin tweeted: "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt."

Passengers told TMZ that Baldwin was thrown off the flight after slamming a bathroom door so loudly that the captain called back to flight attendants to see what was going on. He then made the decision to have Baldwin removed.

A Baldwin source denied the door-slamming incident happened, and said that the actor only got up to get the flight attendant's name so he could file a complaint, and that he was asked to leave because the fasten seat belt sign was on.

Prolific Twitter user Baldwin took pot shots at American Airlines online, quipping "But, oddly, 30 Rock plays inflight on American. #theresalwaysunited," "Now on the 3 o'clock American flight. The flight attendants already look.....smarter" and "My words with friends user name is now #theresalwaysunited."

After CNN's Brooke Baldwin (no relation) tagged Baldwin in a tweet asking if Words With Friends is worth downloading, he replied: "It's...well....addicting."

Baldwin's spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in an e-mail to CNN that "He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight."

So, just what is Words With Friends? Basically, it's a Scrabble-based word-building game that can be played on Facebook, Android and iOS. Players can interact with each other via their phones using a system similar to text-messaging and can simultaneously play multiple games against different partners.

It was developed by Zynga, the brains behind FarmVille and CityVille, and General Manager Paul Bettner told 'USA Today' earlier this year that the game previously got a lift when musician John Mayer tweeted about it. "After that, a whole bunch of other musicians were playing the game. Then we saw TV celebrities ('The Office's Rainn Wilson among them) started playing and you could just watch people playing on the set of TV shows and movies. "

Coincidentally, Bettner added, "We just found out Alec Baldwin was playing the game and Dave was freaking out because he loves Alec Baldwin." Now the Bettners may have a lot more reason to love the '30 Rock' star: After news broke of Baldwin's preference for the game, it became a trending topic on Google and Twitter.

Watch what Baldwin's fellow passengers -- including an "angry" Oscar De La Hoya -- had to say about the incident:

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crazy ray

He's the poster boy for arrogant losers. No wonder his kids hate him and Kim left him. Let's see how long his fans put up with him. Oh, by the way, how many drinks will be spilled on him next time he tries to fly? And how long do you think that credit card will want him as a symbol of corporate greed?

December 07 2011 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He treats everyone as poorly as he does his daughter. Dirtbag.

December 07 2011 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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