Alec Baldwin Slammed By American Airlines for “Extremely Rude” Behavior
American Airlines is blasting Alec Baldwin for his behavior aboard a plane at LAX airport on Tuesday. As Gossip Cop reported, Baldwin was removed from the Los Angeles-to-New York flight when he refused to stop playing Words With Friends on his smart phone after passengers were asked to turn off their electronic devices.
The airline has just released a statement on the matter, saying Baldwin “was extremely rude to the crew” and used “offensive language” and “inappropriate names.” “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,” says American Airlines.
“Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding,” continues the statement. “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.” It continues, “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,” concludes the statement.
After tweeting a number of anti-American Airlines messages in the hours following the incident, Baldwin told his followers that he’d be shutting down his Twitter account. A rep for Baldwin tells Gossip Cop, “It’s on hold. He is focused on ’30 Rock.'”