American Airlines plays a game of Angry Baldwins and responds to an actor's angry tweets.
LOS ANGELES (MainStreet) -- American Airlines (:AMR) has issued a reminder aimed at temperamental actor Alec Baldwin: When flight attendants say to turn off the cellphone and other electronic equipment, everyone -- even famous actors -- should comply.
Baldwin, 53, was kicked off an American flight from Los Angeles to New York on Tuesday after refusing to turn off his video word game and picking a fight with a flight attendant. American Airlines has responded to Alec Baldwin's angry tweets.
Baldwin took to Twitter to express his displeasure. In one tweet, Baldwin said American is an airline "where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants."
In another, Baldwin said a flight attendant "reamed me out 4 playing Words W Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving." The actor wrote that he would never fly on American again, noting "There's always United (:UAL). (He subsequently departed on a later American flight, booked by his staff.)
On Wednesday, American responded in a Facebook post. The carrier doesn't usually comment on incidents involving individual passengers, but said it would make an exception "since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight" -- coyly never naming Baldwin in the post.
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The carrier reminded that, according to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, "When the door is closed for departure and the seatbelt light is turned on, all cellphones and electronic devices must be turned off."
"This passenger declined to turn off his cellphone when asked to do so at the appropriate time," American said. Instead, Baldwin got up and took the phone into the plane's lavatory. Then he slammed the lavatory door so hard that even with the cockpit door closed pilots heard the sound, became alarmed and contacted the flight attendants, American said.
"The passenger was extremely rude to the flight attendants, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language," the carrier said. "Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding."
The New York Daily News quoted a source familiar with the incident in saying that after a flight attendant insisted that Baldwin turn off his game, the actor "got up and demanded the flight attendant's name so he could file a complaint, and the conflict escalated."
One of Baldwin's tweets on Monday noted that "flight attendants reamed me out" and concluded "No wonder American Air is bankrupt."
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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