Alec Baldwin kicked off LA flight

2011-12-07 08:17

Los Angeles -  Alec Baldwin says he was kicked off a plane on 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, said Baldwin's spokesperson, 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."

Last flight

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 spokesperson Ed Martelle declined to comment, citing customer privacy concerns.

Airport police Sargeant Belinda Nettles said officers did not respond to the incident.

Baldwin tweeted that it would be his last flight with American, despite the fact that the airline shows 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."

"Words With Friends" 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.


  • rlong1952 - 2011-12-07 09:12

    Anyone knows that when you get onto an airplane, you have to switch off your phone. What a doorknob.

      VaalDonkie - 2011-12-07 09:22

      Unless you're still sporting a Blockia 5110, your phone should have a "flight mode" which swithces off GSM, WiFi and 3G, turning it into a tiny, expensive portable gaming console.

  • VaalDonkie - 2011-12-07 09:30

    Why are all comments published twice?

      VaalDonkie - 2011-12-07 11:32

      Never mind. I see they're not anymore.

      VaalDonkie - 2011-12-08 10:15

      Nope, it's back.

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