On Tuesday, 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off a planeÂ for refusing to stop playing a video game. Baldwin wasÂ booted fromÂ an American Airlines flight when he apparently refused to stop playing a game of Words With Friends after the cabin door was closed for takeoff. Now the actor’s rep says his ‘addiction’ for the game is partially to blame.
Initially, Baldwin made the whole incident out to be the fault of American Airlines for overreacting to him continuing to play a video game on his cell phone as the plane was preparing for takeoff. On his Twitter feed, he posted: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowondermaericaairisbankrupt”
Words With Friends is a multi-platform word-building game you can play with others via cellphone. Baldwin Tweeted after the American Airlines incident that the game was “addicting.”
American Airlines, however, tells a much more involved story that paints Alec Baldwin as more than just a gaming addict who doesn’t like following the rules. Instead, they say Baldwin was “extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language.”
According to a press statement released by the airline, Baldwin refused to stop playing Words With Friends after a flight attendant asked him to turn off his phone for departure. “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,” the airline said.
“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 planeâ€™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,” the statement continued. “Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.”
Hmmm, considering how much press coverage this has garnered for Words With Friends, and how he and his publicist keep saying the name of the game every five minutes… Well, it almost makes you wonder if there might have been a little more going on here than just Alec Baldwin being a rude jerk…