Follow Up: American Airlines Responds to Alec Baldwin Flight Debacle

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The Twitter-sphere was abuzz on Tuesday after 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off his American Airlines flight for reportedly refusing to turn off his iPhone while playing Words With Friends, and now the airline is responding.

In a statement released on their Facebook page, American Airlines said:

"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. 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."
"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,” Alec tweeted.

Alec has since deleted his Twitter account, which bolstered nearly half a million followers.

What do YOU guys think about this whole situation? Did Alec overreact? Or was the airline trying to make an example of him, since he's a celebrity? Start the debate in the comments!

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  • Stone

    Alec can't be bothered following the rules! He's just too damned important...and superior. We should just thank our lucky stars that we are allowed to share the planet with his royal high and mightiness.

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  • Mike Fulton
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    Baldwin may in fact be a jerk... but take note of the fact that there were a lot of people a few seats away who had their own phones turned on and who were tweeting about the incident as it happened. The flight attendants weren't getting on those people. He was definitely singled out. Furthermore, this was one of those situations where they put the plane out away from the gate and then sit in place for half an hour or more, with the seatbelt sign on and all, for no good reason. I was once on a flight where the plane sat still on the taxiway for nearly two hours, and they absolutely refused to turn off the seatbelt sign.

  • Jen

    God I wish I had been on that plane so I could call out Alec Baldwin for throwing a sassy little temper tantrum. What a twit.

  • candy

    He thinks rules and regulations don't apply to him. What a jerk. Does he even know how people in the real world live?

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    Good for American Airlines

  • cooperpooper

    why people find it so hard to put their phone down for 15 mins is beyond strange.

  • Aquaman

    Alec Balwin is an idiot and a psychopath. For some reason, he thinks his 'celebrity' status puts him above other customers on a commercial airline. Kudos to American Airlines for putting the whack-job in his place (off the plane).