Alec Baldwin kicked off LA flight for playing 'Words with Friends'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alec Baldwin says he was kicked off a plane Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after having words with a flight attendant over an "addicting" word game he was playing on his cellphone.
The "30 Rock" actor was asked to get off a New York City-bound flight for playing "Words with Friends" while the plane idled at a gate Tuesday, said Baldwin's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik.
"He loves `Words with Friends' so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it," said Hiltzik, who added that Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York.
Baldwin, a prolific Twitter user, took to the social media site to vent, saying a "flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing Words With Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving."
It wasn't clear if passengers had been asked to turn off their cellphones, which is typical before a flight backs away from the terminal.
American Airlines said Baldwin not only refused to shut down his phone, but stormed into the bathroom, slamming the door "so hard the cockpit crew heard it" and was then "extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names."
Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said officers did not respond to the incident.
Wendy Stafford runs a private flight attendant training course says passengers have to obey the rules, whether they like them or not.
"The flight attendants are there for the safety of the passengers and not just to serve cookies and drinks," Stafford said.
Baldwin tweeted that it would be his last flight with American, despite the fact that they show "30 Rock" for in-flight entertainment. He mocked American Airlines flight attendants on Twitter, saying the airline is "where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."
Baldwin called "Words With Friends" an "addicting" game. Players compete online to score the most points by building words with tiles on a Scrabble-like game board.
Baldwin plays the role of executive Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock" and played an amorous ex-husband to Meryl Streep in the 2009 romantic comedy "It's Complicated."
Baldwin's publicist said the actor was unfairly singled out and that other passengers were using electronic devices.
On Wednesday, the actor deactivated his Twitter account.