Alec Baldwin Twitter account deleted after American Airlines spat
Alec Baldwin's Twitter account, which he used to inform the world of his fight with American Airlines on Tuesday, has been deleted.
The "30 Rock" star sent a tweet late Tuesday that said, "Let's play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM NY time, unfollow me."
His account was then closed out with a link to three YouTube videos of an orchestra performing Mahler's 9th Symphony.
No word on how many people actually unfollowed the star, but as of Wednesday morning, his account was listed as "Deactivated."
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Baldwin had written that he had been "reamed" by a flight attendant for playing the game Words With Friends on his cellphone just before takeoff at LAX. He was removed from the flight and took a later one.
On Wednesday morning, American Airlines responded on its Facebook page with a statement laying out the facts of Baldwin's incident from its perspective. The statement reads:
"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."
Not wanting to be left out of the social media free-for-all, Baldwin's publicist tweeted on Wednesday morning, "hey @American_AA: How come ok 4 other 1st class passengers 2 tweet while @alecbaldwin asked to leave while using his device? #hypocrisy."
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--Patrick Kevin Day