Alec Baldwin 'extremely rude,' called crew names, airline says
Alec Baldwin was "extremely rude" and called the flight crew inappropriate names that led to his being kicked off a flight in Los Angeles, American Airlines said in a statement issued on its Facebook page Wednesday morning.
The airline said it would provide the "actual facts" of the matter after "an extremely vocal customer" publicly identified himself.
On a plane about to leave Los Angeles International for New York on Tuesday, Baldwin declined to turn off his cellphone at the appropriate time, then stood up, took his phone into the restroom and slammed the door, the airline said.
"He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked," the statement said. "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."
American said cellphones must be turned off for taxiing and takeoff, according to FAA regulations.
"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving," Baldwin said, later adding: "#theresalwaysunited."
His spokesman issued a statement that the actor loved the online game so much "he was willing to leave a plane for it."
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya was on the same flight and later described the scene to reporters in New York: "I actually felt Alec Baldwin was turning off his devices, and he just got a little angry."
He said on Twitter that he thought the flight attendant overreacted and that Baldwin did "nothing wrong."
-- Kimi Yoshino and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Alec Baldwin, shown in January, was kicked off an American Airlines flight at LAX on Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times