Alec Baldwin’s obsession with a game has led to him being kicked off an American Airlines flight, and looking at a possible fine. But the 30 Rock actor insists that he was not at fault.
Baldwin was thrown off a flight leaving from LA on 6 December when he refused to stop playing the game Words With Friends on a personal device, after passengers were asked to turn off all electronic gadgets as the pilot and crew prepared for take-off.
It’s no small offence, and the star could be in big trouble if American Airlines officials choose to file a complaint about him with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor refused to comment specifically on Baldwin's case, but revealed that federal authorities can investigate such matters when an airline complains about a passenger who refuses to obey a crew member's instructions.
Gregor added, "If we determine the passenger did in fact disobey a crew member's instructions, we can propose to fine that passenger."
Baldwin himself posted this defence on Twitter, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving."
The actor eventually flew out of LAX airport on a later flight and hit back strongly at the airline's staff, writing, "Last flight with American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."
Ouch! That’s the kind of rage Baldwin had exhibited in a ranting phone call in 2007 to his then 11-year-old daughter Ireland, calling her a 'thoughtless little pig.'
Meanwhile, no official investigation into the current incident has been launched as yet, but American Airlines officials had asked for the actor's contact details, stating via a tweet, "Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this."