LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Alec Baldwin’s addiction to the cell phone game “Words with Friends” got him booted from an American Airlines plane parked at a Los Angeles International Airport gate Tuesday afternoon, the actor’s spokesman said.
“He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight,” spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in an e-mail.
It was unclear whether Baldwin was told to leave because he had refused to turn off a device.
Baldwin used one of his other technology addictions, Twitter, to make sure the world knows he’s not happy about it.
One tweet took aim at the crew, saying he would never again fly on American Airlines, “where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”
In a statement, American Airlines said the company would not “comment on something that might or might not have happened.”
A posting on the airline’s Twitter account showed the company was trying to reach Baldwin. “Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM us contact information,” the company tweeted.
“Words With Friends” is a digital word-building game popular on several platforms.
The first indication of trouble was posted on Twitter by Michael J. Wolf, a consulting firm executive who was a passenger on the flight.
“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,” Wolf tweeted.
A short time later, Baldwin tweeted to his nearly 600,000 followers: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.”
When CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin — no relation — tagged Alec Baldwin in a tweet asking about “Words with Friends,” the actor replied, “It’s…well….addicting.”
The star of NBC’s “30 Rock” noted in his tweets that “oddly, 30 Rock plays inflight on American.”
Despite the apparent distress, Baldwin’s journey — destination unknown — resumed.
“Now on the 3 o’clock American flight. The flight attendants already look…..smarter,” he tweeted.