A flight attendant was the subject of a Twitter tirade from Alec Baldwin after the actor was booted from an American Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport for playing a word game on his cellphone as the plane was about to depart for New York.
The 30 Rock actor was playing a game called Words with Friends while the plane idled at a gate Tuesday, said Baldwin's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik.
"He loves Words with Friends so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it," said Hiltzik, who added that Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York.
Baldwin tweeted that it would be his last flight with American, despite the fact that they show 30 Rock for in-flight entertainment.
He mocked American Airlines flight attendants on Twitter, saying the airline is "where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants."
Baldwin "deactivated" his Twitter account Tuesday night after he was tossed from the flight. He changed the name of his Twitter account to @deactivated001, leaving his @alecbaldwin account empty and labeled "Deactivated."
An American Airlines spokesman declined to comment, citing customer privacy concerns.
However, in a posting on Facebook, the airline said an "extremely vocal" 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," the posting says. "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 airline said the the passenger was "extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language."
Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said officers did not respond to the incident.
Baldwin called Words with Friends an "addicting" game. Players compete online to score the most points by building words with tiles on a Scrabble-like game board.
Baldwin plays the role of executive Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock and played an amorous ex-husband to Meryl Streep in the 2009 romantic comedy It's Complicated.