Alec Baldwin threw a hissy fit on an airplane when he was told to turn off his cell phone before takeoff, American Airlines says, reportedly stalking off to the bathroom and slamming the door. To be fair, American Airlines doesn't name Baldwin in its explanatory Facebook post, but we all know who the company's talking about. Baldwin said on Tuesday that it was his "last flight with American," and Wednesday's explanation by the airline seems to indicate the company's fine without him. It's also hilarious in its deadpan way:
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.
The 30 Rock star tweeted on Tuesday that he'd been kicked off a plane after a flight attendant "reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving." American started out conciliatory, saying it was "looking into" the incident, and asking Baldwin to get in touch. But it's backing its flight crew on this one. On Wednesday morning the airline's Twitter stream was filled with reiterations of how much stock it put in FAA regulations on electronic devices, and how well its team followed them.