Alec Baldwin, was asked to exit an American Airlines flight on Tuesday afternoon when the actor remained glued to his iPhone playing the Scrabble-like "Words With Friends" game just before takeoff. Initial word of the altercation came from a Tweet by Baldwin himself just after 2:00 PM PST.
"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving." Baldwin wrote in a Tweet.
"Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing Words with Friends while parked the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight." said a spokesman for Baldwin.
As the incident made instant headlines across the web, Baldwin went on to fire several jabs at American Airlines via Twitter a few hours later, swearing to never fly with American again.
"Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants." wrote Baldwin.
A report by TMZ indicated that Baldwin "got up to go to the bathroom and angrily slammed the lavatory door," after the iPhone confrontation and was then asked by the captain himself to exit the plane. Sources close to Alec Baldwin denied the door slamming incident.
American Airlines is reportedly looking into the turbulent event that led to the 53-year-old 30 Rock star being kicked off a JFK bound flight on Tuesday afternoon departing from LAX. It appears Alec Baldwin has pulled down his Twitter page in the past few hours. The former link reads "sorry, that page does not exist!
I would expect an eventual spike in downloads of "Words With Friends" in the App Store. You can grab the $2.99 app or just settle for an ad heavy free version instead. Zynga, has already issued an official statement on the subject.