You guys! This is happening on Twitter right now.
Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt
Apart from the full-body shudder I felt at the words “reamed me out,” ha! I love that Alec Baldwin is mad about this. (That last hashtag, by the way, alludes to American Airlines’ bankruptcy.)
Anyway, the story doesn’t stop there. Baldwin tweeted a few more times—that 30 Rock plays inflight on American, that United should buy Words With Friends, that he switched to a different flight… Wait, what?
Wow. I can’t tell whether Baldwin was thrown off the flight, or maybe he just raised a stink over his ability to play Words With Friends in first class (I’m putting my money on the latter).
Edit: Oh, boy, am I wrong. Baldwin was actually kicked off the plane, according to the Los Angeles Times and the NY Daily News (the “conflict escalated,” they report). All because he was playing Words With Friends! Ha!
American Airlines was quick to respond to Baldwin’s hissy fit:
@AlecBaldwin Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM us contact information.
OK, sure: there has been a lot of talk of revising the whole policy about air safety and electronics—it’s possible that your Sony Walkman has no influence on the flight navigation instruments at all—but there are reasons those policies are in place, Mr. Baldwin. And communication with air traffic control is just as crucial “at the gate, not moving” as it is during takeoff. Duh.
Baldwin did tweet that he’ll never fly American again:
#theresalwaysunited Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.
Alec Baldwin must be taxiing on the runway right now because his Twitter account has finally
gone silent gotten really active again.