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Alec Baldwin Gets Kicked Off a Plane for Playing 'Words With Friends'
By Anthea Quay, 08 Dec 2011
On Tuesday 6 December 2011, American Airlines kicked ‘30 Rock’ star Alec Baldwin off a flight from Los Angeles to New York for not wanting to get off his Words With Friends game.
When Baldwin got kicked off his flight, he tweeted: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.”
Zynga—the company that makes the word game—then released a viral campaign of a Words With Friends board that reads “Let Alec Play”, and a recent Facebook page update:
”Word of the day: ALEC (adj.) Typically associated with ‘smart’ as its prefix to refer to wise guy, or smarty. Worth at least 8 points! this one goes to the smart ALECs out there -- playing our game at the risk of getting in trouble!”
Since the incident, Los Angeles Times reported that the Words With Friends’ daily active user count increased by 100,000—from 5.4 to 5.5 million players.
The airline company, tried but failed to get in touch with Baldwin via Twitter, released a statement 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.”
It states that the passenger refused to turn off his cellphone when he was asked to do so by a flight attendant, stood up when the seat belt light was still on for departure, and proceeded to the plane’s lavatory.
It was said that he “slammed” the lavatory door so hard that the cockpit crew could even hear it through a closed and locked door, and was “extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language”—leaving the crew no choice but to remove him off the plane.
Baldwin has since deactivated his Twitter account.
[via Los Angeles Times]
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