Alec Baldwin Kicked Off Plane, American Airlines Responds (VIDEO)
UPDATE, 2:28pm: Julie Frederick, a spokeswoman for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, had a few choice words for Baldwin, according to RadarOnline.com.
“While I personally enjoy Words with Friends as much as anybody, passengers can continue to search for that double letter triple word score after takeoff. I’m sure people are used to Alec Baldwin and his expressions...There is a difference between being funny and being mean...If Alec Baldwin needed emergency help on a flight then the ‘retired Catholic school gym teachers’ would save his life for another day of expressing himself,” she told the site.
PREVIOUSLY: On Tuesday, Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight for playing the game Words With Friends. This morning, American Airlines responded to his public mockery of the airline.
After he was booted, Baldwin took to Twitter to mock the airline and pledge his allegiance to United Airlines (his account has since been de-activated). The "30 Rock" actor was put on a later flight from LAX to New York's JFK airport (check out pics of the star arriving back in New York).
Zynga, the company behind "Words With Friends," came to Baldwin's defense on Wednesday, issuing a statement in the form of a "Words With Friends" tile board spelling out "Let Alec Play."
American Airlines declined HuffPost Travel's request for a statement on Tuesday, saying, "We do not divulge the names of passengers on our flights or comment on them."
The airline changed its tune on Wednesday, issuing a scathing comment on the celebrity on its Facebook page:
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. 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.
Baldwin has now changed his Twitter account to @deactivated001 as part of an event he's tagged #massunfollow.