Alec Baldwin was on board an American Airlines flight at LAX on Tuesday when apparently his behavior caused a delay in the departure of the flight.
What awful thing did the "30 Rock" star do to cause trouble on the tarmac? He didn't turn off his electronic device iPad when told. Baldwintweeted, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt," shortly after news of the plane's return broke on the social network.
The 140-character-or-less population found out about the incident, generally, via Activate founder Michael J. Wolf's earlier tweet: "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."
Traveler Grant Cardone also tweeted: "Alec Baldwin is getting kicked off of AA flight as I tweet this!" Scoop reached Cardone by phone; he was speaking from the Admiral's Club at LAX and says that he found out about the Baldwin incident through an American Airlines representative who was part of the team handling the situation. Cardone claims that the representative told him that Baldwin was kicked off for "abusive conduct" (that must have been some game of Words with Friends.)
In a statement to NBC News, Baldwin's rep Matthew Hiltzik explained what went down: "Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing 'Words with Friends' on his iPad, while parked at the gate. Alec is so in love with 'Words with Friends' that he would risk getting thrown off a flight to play. He's already been re-booked on another American Airlines flight."
Ed Martelle commented on behalf of the airline, saying, "Owing to privacy concerns regarding our customers, we don't comment on something that might or might not have happened."
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