Alec Baldwin’s love for a Scrabble-like iPhone game got him “reamed out” on an American Airlines flight today, he said, and led to him being kicked off the plane.
“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving,” Baldwin tweeted Tuesday afternoon, along with the hashtag, “#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt”
The actor quickly followed that tweet with another “#theresalwaysunited,” in a dig to American, and then added again, “But, oddly, 30 Rock plays inflight on American.”
Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for Baldwin, said the dispute went so far that Baldwin was asked to leave.
“Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing ‘Words with Friends’ while parked at the gate,” 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.”
The extent of the argument over the game was in dispute, but one source familiar with the incident said Baldwin was abusive toward the flight crew.
In the end, Baldwin went back to American, tweeting from a plane, “Now on the 3 o’clock American flight. The flight attendants already look…..smarter.”
Baldwin also tweeted before takeoff, “#theresalwaysunited Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950′s find jobs as flight attendants.”
TMZ.com reported that the initial flight’s captain asked that Baldwin be thrown off after Baldwin got up following the confrontation over the video game and slammed a bathroom door.
However, a source familiar with the incident told ABCNews.com that Baldwin did not slam the door, but closed it normally. After he emerged from the lavatory, the source said, Baldwin tried to get the name of the flight attendant who confronted him over the game and it appeared that the plane’s crew closed ranks around her, and he was asked to leave.
A second source familiar with the incident had a radically different take, noting that Baldwin clearly disobeyed a standard airplane rule to turn off cell phones before take-off.
“There is a lot that he’s left out,” the second source said. “He was abusive to flight attendants and refused to do what he was asked. The seatbelt sign went on and he went to the bathroom anyway.”
Champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya was also on the flight with Baldwin and explained his take on the incident when interviewed at the airport.
“I actually felt Alec Baldwin was turning off his devices and he just got a little … angry,” De La Hoya said to reporters.
American Airlines didn’t respond to ABC News’ request for comment but did respond to Baldwin via twitter: “@AlecBaldwin Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM (direct message) us contact information.” The airline also tweeted: “Our flight attendants were following federal safety procedures on electronic devices when aircraft door is closed.”
Tweets about the “30 Rock” star getting kicked off an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York began circulating this afternoon. The passenger who tweeted that he saw Baldwin getting kicked off, author Grant Cardone, said he was “told by an AA authority” that the actor was booted because he “Didn’t have his Capitol One Card and [was] Abusive to attendant.” (Baldwin appears in Capital One credit card commercials.)
Baldwin’s temper has gotten the better of him before. In 2007, he infamously left a voice mail for his young daughter calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” He later apologized and wrote a book inspired by the incident.