FAA may investigate Alec Baldwin incident if complaint filed
Baldwin was kicked off a flight departing from LAX on Tuesday afternoon -- apparently because he was playing "Words with Friends" on an unspecified electronic device.
No investigations have been opened into the matter, law enforcement sources said, but that could change if American Airlines chooses to file a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration.
FAA spokesman Ian Gregor declined to comment specifically on Baldwin's case, but said federal authorities can investigate when an airline complains to the FAA about a passenger who refuses to obey a crew member's instructions.
"If we determine the passenger did in fact disobey a crew member's instructions, we can propose to fine that passenger," Gregor said. "The passenger could appeal our proposed fine."
At least two passengers on the flight reported the incident on Twitter.
Michael J. Wolf, under the handle @mjw, tweeted, "On an AA flight at LAX. Alec Baldwin removed from the plane We had to go back to the gate. Terrible that everyone had to wait."
Another Twitter user, @GrantCardOne, said, "#Alec Baldwin is getting kicked off of AA flight as I tweet this!... Didn't have his Capitol One Card and Abusive to attendant is what I was told by AA authority."
Baldwin also tweeted: "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving."
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Alec Baldwin won the Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series award at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 30, 2011. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times