Alec Baldwin was kicked off a plane for playing Words With Friends
Alec Baldwin had a bumpy flight Tuesday, as the movie star was booted from an American Airlines flight after he refused to stop playing the addictive Scrabble-like game Words With Friends on his iPhone.
"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt," Baldwin tweeted at 5 p.m. last night.
The story moved viciously fast through Twitter then to the blogosphere after two separate people tweeted the altercation before Baldwin, both corroborating the story.
"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," tweeted Michael J. Wolf, a former president at MTV from the plane.
The sometimes-surly Baldwin continued to document the event, repeatedly supporting AA-rival United Airlines and insulting the flight attendants who gave him the boot.
"Now on the 3 o'clock American flight. The flight attendants already look.....smarter," he tweeted about 40 minutes later.
He followed up: "Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants." He included a hashtag supporting supported United.
After the initial struggle between Baldwin and the flight attendants subsided and the "30 Rock" star put away his phone, he went to the bathroom and slammed the door, which is what actually caused the plane's captain to kick Baldwin off, according to TMZ.com.
AA, for its part, tweeted back at Baldwin, saying they are "looking into this" and asking for contact information.
Baldwin's rep, Matthew Hiltzik, said "Alec was asked to leave a flight for playing 'Words with Friends’ while parked at the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight."
Zynga, the company that owns WWF, gave amNewYork a statement that simply read, "Let Alec Play" on a WWF board.
Spokespeople for AA and the FAA didn't return requests for comment.
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