In case you didn't hear about it yet, prolific actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off a plane of American Airlines.
Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt, tweeted Baldwin.
The actor referenced the airline's bankruptcy, which was announced on Nov. 29. Baldwin's Twitter account has since been deactivated.
Now, American Airlines spilled the details of the incident on its Facebook page. It claimed the following in its posting:
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. Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding. 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. 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. (highlights from IBTimes)
Commenters' on American Airline's Facebook page have mostly sided with the airline and criticized the actor.
Alec Baldwin is a pompous a-- and simply feels he is above the rules. Way to go AA! wrote Gary Turner.
A nice swift kick to his schweddy balls. Way to go AA, wrote Jack Gardner, referencing the actor's association with Ben & Jerry's controversial ice cream flavor.
Total jerk, would never pay to see a movie he is in! said Patrick M. Stroud.
American Airlines' posting has over 3,000 Facebook likes and over 1,000 comments as if 2 p.m. ET.