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Alec Baldwin: Kicked Off Flight

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Alec Baldwin (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Alec Baldwin was kicked off a flight in California Tuesday.

He was booted, according to CBS, from the American Airlines flight in Los Angeles, after using an electronic device before the plane departed.

Later, his rep, Matthew Hiltzik, released a statement regarding the incident, “Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing Words with Friends while parked the gate.”

The rep said that Baldwin “loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight.”

While playing Words With Friends, a popular scrabble game, is said to be the reason for Baldwin getting the boot, other reports give good reason for the boot, saying he was acting out.

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya was on the flight too, according to the Los Angeles Times, and described the scene to reporters in New York, “I actually felt Alec Baldwin was turning off his devices, and he just got a little angry.”

Baldwin, like any celebrity would do, took to his Twitter to comment. He tweeted, “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.”

“Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants,” he later tweeted.

American Airlines took to their own social media accounts to comment.

“Electronic devices must be turned off for taxi, take-off and landing. FA will let you know when it is safe to use approved device,” American Airlines tweeted to one Twitter user.

“Yes, our flight attendants followed federal safety regulations regarding electronic devices,” American Airlines tweeted to another user.

American Airlines also took to their Facebook page to explain:

“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.”

American Airlines went on to explain that “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,” American Airlines stated.

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