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After the incident, Baldwin, a prolific Twitter user, took to the social media site to vent, saying a “flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing Words With Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving.”
Baldwin tweeted that it would be his last flight with American, despite the fact that they show “30 Rock” for in-flight entertainment.
He mocked American Airlines flight attendants on Twitter, saying the airline is “where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”
American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle declined to comment Tuesday, citing customer privacy concerns.
But the company said Wednesday on Facebook that “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 federal regulations.
The airline said the Federal Aviation Administration requires that all airlines have passengers turn off their cellphones and electronic devices for taxi-out and takeoff. The passenger in question declined to turn off his phone “when asked to do so at the appropriate time,” the company said.
Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said officers did not respond to the incident.
Baldwin called “Words With Friends” an “addicting” game. Players compete online to score the most points by building words with tiles on a Scrabble-like game board.
Baldwin plays the role of executive Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock” and played an amorous ex-husband to Meryl Streep in the 2009 romantic comedy “It’s Complicated.”
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