Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter After American Airlines Incident
Alec Baldwin won’t be sharing words with his friends on Twitter anymore. People Magazine reports that the 50 year-old 30 Rock star deactivated his Twitter account after a mini-scandal involving American Airlines and the popular cell phone game Words with Friends.
Yesterday, Alec was kicked off a plane (that was grounded and sitting at the gate at LAX) when he refused to stop playing Words with Friends and turn off his cell phone. After, he sent out the following tweets:
“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving”
“Now on the 3 o’clock American flight. The flight attendants already look…..smarter.”
“#theresalwaysunited Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950′s find jobs as flight attendants.”
Looks as though Alec’s handlers stepped in to make sure he doesn’t put his foot in his mouth…but his rep is saying “It’s just on hold while he focuses on 30 Rock.”
USA Today reports that American Airlines responded to the situation on Facebook and Twitter, calling Alex an “extremely vocal customer” who declined to turn off his phone, stood up and took his phone into the lavatory, slamming the door so loudly the pilots heard it. The company also said its flight attendants followed federal safety regulations regarding electronic devices.
Alec’s rep, Matthew Hiltzik, said “He loves ‘Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it.” (Nice publicity for the game, eh?) The makers of the game, Zynga, released a photo to TMZ that features the phrase “Let Alec Play.” It’s funny, but let’s be honest: why do celebrities think they are above the rules? We all thought Josh Duhamel was a d-bag for refusing to turn off his phone…Alec is too.