Alec Baldwin Kicked Off of Plane Due to Excessive ‘Words With Friends’-Playing
Alec Baldwin got kicked off of an American Airlines flight last night—for playing Words With Friends. I suppose there are worse things to be booted for?
Alec Baldwin has just joined the long list of celebrities that have been kicked of planes recently, though unlike, say, Leisha Hailey, it wasn’t for anything as polarizing as a maybe-but-maybe-not-excessive PDA. Nope, Alec’s offense was something much more innocuous than that: He was playing Words With Friends. What’s a 12-letter word for “Whoops?”
Here’s what went down: You know how once you’ve boarded a plane, you can continue to use your cell phone as long as the doors to the plane are still open? And you know how annoying it is when the doors close, but the plane sits without moving at the gate for ages? And you know how even if the plane isn’t moving, the flight attendants still won’t allow you to whip out your cell phone? Well, this is apparently what happened to Alec last night—except that he kept twiddling away on his iPhone anyway, as he was deeply engrossed in a game of Words With Friends. Next thing you know, this popped up on his Twitter feed:
Shortly followed by this:
Haha. Luckily, though, the folks at American Airlines don’t seem to be quite as ornery as the ones at Southwest; not too long after Alec’s Tweets went out, they sent one of their own to him:
Does anyone else find it kind of hilarious that these sorts of things are now being worked out via Twitter?
Anyway, Alec and American seemed to have worked things out quite satisfactorily, as Alec later Tweeted this:
According to People, Alec’s rep explained, “Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing Words with Friends while parked 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.” That’s either extreme dedication, or a slightly wacky obsession, though I’m not entirely sure which. At least everyone got to where they were going, though, and it looks like there was minimal drama involved. (Wait! There is an update! See below.)
Alec did have the last laugh, though; Zynga, the company that makes Words With Friends, sent out the following picture after news of the debacle reached them:
Score one for Alec Baldwin!… who naturally Tweeted the image out, too. Because what else are you going to do?
This incident is especially interesting given that it’s recently been noted that there’s no evidence to suggest that gadgets and electronics can bring down a plane. Is Alec onto something here? Maybe… though I think I’ll keep playing it safe. Who knows? Maybe Siri harbors a secret desire to crash as many planes as possible. I’d rather not be the one responsible for that.
UPDATE: Okay, so maybe there was some drama, as American Airlines posted this on their Facebook page not too long ago:
“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.”
Survey says that though the passenger isn’t named, they’re talking about Alec. Also note that in the few hours between when this post first went up and now, Alec’s Twitter account has been deactivated:
Man. People really take their Words With Friends seriously, don’t they?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.