Alec Baldwin 'got a little angry' on plane, Oscar De La Hoya says
It remains unclear exactly what prompted American Airlines to boot off actor Alec Baldwin from a flight Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport, but it had something to do with an electronic device he was using before the plane took off.
"Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing 'Words with Friends' while parked at the gate," his spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik said in a written statement. "He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight."
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya was on the 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."
In a tweet to the actor, American Airlines said, "Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this." Airline officials asked Baldwin to send his contact information.
An American Airlines spokesman declined to comment, saying the company does not discuss "something that might or might not have happened," in consideration of customers' privacy concerns.
Meanwhile, Baldwin criticized the airline on Twitter.
He vowed never to fly American Airlines again.
"#theresalwaysunited," Baldwin tweeted. "Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."
Baldwin said on Twitter that he was kicked off the flight for playing Words With Friends on an unspecified electronic device. But another passenger on the flight said on Twitter that he was told by an airline representative on the flight that Baldwin was removed because of abusive behavior.
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.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Alec Baldwin at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in January. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times