Alec Baldwin became so irate when an American Airlines flight attendant reprimanded him for using his cell phone after he was told to turn it off that he slammed the device into the plane’s bathroom door, completely freaking out the crew and getting him bounced from the flight.
That’s according to a post on the airlines’ Facebook page a day after the actor ranted about American on his Twitter page.
Although American does not name Baldwin, it’s clear he and American Airlines are duking it out via social media.
On Tuesday, the actor posted a series of angry rants detailing a run-in with an American Airlines flight attendant who he said “reamed” him out for playing Words With Friends on his phone. He followed that up with a series of cranky posts that indicated he’d been tossed from the flight but ended up on another one, and vowed never to fly American again.
At first the airline declined to comment. Then they decided to join Baldwin at his own game, posting the following on the airline’s official Facebook page:
“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.”
The message, posted on American’s page with more than 240,000 fans, goes on.
“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.”
That post has drawn nearly 5,000 comments and has been “liked” by nearly 1,700 people, and the fracas has been burning up social media channel. A tweet from Michael J. Wolf, former president and COO for MTV Networks and the founder and managing director at Activate, had the bad fortune to be on Baldwin’s initial flight. Wolf’s tweet on Tuesday – “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.” – has been retweeted more than 100 times, making it a “top tweet.”
Meanwhile, ABC News reports that boxer Oscar De La Hoya also happened to be on the flight, which left from Los Angeles. After landing in New York, De La Hoya told reporters: “I actually felt Alec Baldwin was turning off his devices and he just got a little … angry.”
As for Baldwin? He’s now deactivated his Twitter account.
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