Alec Baldwin kicked off plane for playing Words With Friends

On Dec 6, actor Alec Baldwin, costar of television’s “30 Rock” along with many films, was forced from an American Airlines plane after refusing to quit playing “Words With Friends”, a popular social game based on Scrabble.

“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,” the 30 Rock actor Tweeted.

Another passenger, Michael J. Wolf, the founder of the technology firm Activate, Tweeted: “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.”

According to a statement from American Airlines, the veteran actor reportedly locked himself in a bathroom to finish his turn in the game, after repeated warnings and directions from the flight’s stewardess. The Airline’s reports of Baldwin’s rudeness and use of offensive language spawned objections from Baldwin, who’s subsequent tweets and blog post on the incident bemoans a growing inhumanity in flight service, likening it to the experience of taking a greyhound.

Words With Friends, along with sibling games from social publisher Zynga, is one of the most popular games created for Facebook and iOS devices. Zynga released a statement which supported Baldwin’s case in this matter, claiming that American Airline’s treatment of the actor and adherence to the rules was “absurd.” The specific rule in question is not a regulation imposed by the airline, but by Federal Aviation Administration, who maintain that cell phones and other electronic devices pose a serious risk to sensitive equipment.


Alec Baldwin kicked off plane for playing Words With Friends