A Prelude to a Diss: American Airlines Gives Alec Baldwin the Boot Over Online Word Game

NY Post whipping boy Alec Baldwin was unceremoniously kicked off an American Airlines flight today for playing Words with Friends on his smartphone iPad, reports Mr. Baldwin, the NY Post, The Scoop with Courtney Hazlett, and now, unfortunately, us.

The occasionally churlish star of 30 Rock was sitting on an American Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport when he caught the ire of a flight attendant.

Mr. Baldwin tweeted:

“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt

American Airlines, in a heartwarming display of swift customer service (at least for celebrities), tweeted to Mr. Baldwin and asked for his personal information.

Mr. Baldwin later tweeted that he was moved to a 3:00 p.m. PST American Airlines flight, blasted the airline’s flight staff as “retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s,” and that presumably put an end to Mr. Baldwin’s trivial odyssey.

But nooooooo. Then the NY Post had to be all “Baldwin is an irascible dickhead” by mentioning in its story the bit about Mr. Baldwin blowing up on his daughter’s voicemail in the forever-infamous incident.

The NY Post writes:

Baldwin is known for his bad temper.

In 2007, the actor left a nasty voice mail tirade for his young daughter, calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.”

He later apologized and wrote a book inspired by that incident.

The Post has been particularly harsh on America’s favorite hairy-chested, deep-throated actor/radio host.

Last week, the Post featured video of Mr. Baldwin directing traffic in “angry” fashion.

We say lay off the handsome man, and let him play word games and direct traffic in peace.

drosen@observer.com A Prelude to a Diss: American Airlines Gives Alec Baldwin the Boot Over Online Word Game