LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rep for Alec Baldwin says the “30 Rock” actor was singled out when he was kicked off an American Airlines plane in Los Angeles, as the star’s dustup with the company continues for a second day.
Spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said Wednesday that other passengers were also using handheld devices when Baldwin was asked to leave the New York flight because he continued to use his cellphone.
Baldwin ranted on Twitter Tuesday that he was booted off the plane after a flight attendant “reamed me out” for playing the game “Words With Friends.”
American responded on Facebook Wednesday, saying it was enforcing federal law. Hiltzik accused the airline of selectively enforcing the rules.
The star’s Twitter account was deactivated Wednesday. Hiltzik says Baldwin left the social media site to “focus on `30 Rock.’”
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American Airlines on Wednesday used social media to explain its actions after Alec Baldwin complained he was booted from a flight for playing a word game on his cellphone as the plane was about to depart from Los Angeles.
Without naming the “30 Rock” actor, the airline said on its Facebook page that an “extremely vocal customer” declined to turn off his phone when asked to do so by a flight attendant.
The customer then stood up “with the seat belt light still on for departure” and took his phone into a restroom, the company said.
“He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked,” the airline’s post said.
The passenger also was “extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language.”
On Twitter, American Airlines said its flight attendants followed federal safety regulations regarding electronic devices.
Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York after Tuesday’s incident, but said he wouldn’t fly with the airline again.
The actor’s spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, said Tuesday that before being booted from the flight, Baldwin was playing a game called “Words with Friends” while the plane idled at a gate at Los Angeles International Airport.
“He loves `Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it,” Hiltzik said.