Alec Baldwin was booted from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday when he refused to turn off a word game on his cell phone, joining a long list of celebrities who have been kicked off planes.
Baldwin's spokesperson told People Magazine that the actor had been playing a game called Words with Friends, and refused to switch it off when the plane started to depart from the gate. He was then escorted back to the terminal.
Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt, Baldwin tweeted.
Another flight member tweeted that the plane had in fact left the gate and Baldwin's removed caused a lengthy wait for other passengers on board the plane.
After being booted, Baldwin took the next AA flight when he took to twitter again to vent his frustration. Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants.
In response American Airlines said, Our flight attendants were following federal safety procedures on electronic devices when aircraft door is closed.
Here are 5 other celebrities ousted from planes in 2011:
Leisha Hailey: The L Word actress claims she was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for kissing her girlfriend. Hailey claims she was discriminated because she was kissing a member of the same sex, but Southwest clarified that the reason she was asked to leave was because passengers had complained that her behavior has been excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender, the airline said in a statement.
Billie Joe Armstrong: Greenday's lead singer was escorted off a Southwest flight after refusing to pull up his pants. A flight attendant told him his underwear was showing and he should lift his pants up but Armstrong lashed out, Don't you have another better to do? He was booted off the plane shortly after the incident.
Gerard Depardieu: The French actor made international headlines when he was kicked off an Air France flight for urinating on the floor of the plane. The actor claims to have asked the hostess if he could use the bathroom but when she refused he decided to release into an Evian bottle, which overflowed and trickled onto the floor. Edouard Baer who was travelling with Depardieu on the flight told the press that his fellow actor suffered from prostate problems. He was embarrassed. He wanted to clean it up...It was very humiliating and awkward for him. He obviously made a big scene (saying) 'I pissed on myself, he said
John Rich: The country singer was kicked off a southwest aircraft for being too intoxicated. Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel, airline representative Christi McNeill said in a statement. Our employees are responsible for the safety and comfort of everyone on board a flight. If we can mitigate an uncomfortable situation prior to departure, it is our preference to do so, and that is what happened in this scenario.
Whitney Houston: The diva made headlines for being aggressive on a delta flight and refusing to buckle up her seatbelt. She never actually got kicked off the flight, but it took a while for her to buckle her seatbelt, which infuriated the flight attendants. This sparked rumors that Houston could have been intoxicated but sources close to her assured that she was sober but had been irritated after missing a previous flight.