Alec Baldwin, American Airlines, & Words With Friends-gate

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If you've ever sampled the wonderful nectar that is Words With Friends you are likely aware of how addicting the game can be. Actor and Very Public Tweeter Alec Baldin has experienced this. In fact, so compelling was the need to play Words With Friends that Baldwin defied American Airlines yesterday and refused to stop playing during his flight's take-off.

To wit:

Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.
#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt 15 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Consequently, Baldwin was then booted off the flight for his refusal to comply with the rules. To wit:


Now on the 3 o'clock American flight.
The flight attendants already look.....smarter. 15 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

And THEN...

Now, as I was kicked off this flight, the word I was playing was UNITED 14 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

And THEN...

United shud hav app onboard where u can play WWF w other passengers. American shud have app where u read the new testament w flt attendants 14 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

You get the the picture. American Airlines got wind of Baldwin's Twitterstorm and tweeted this at the beleaguered celebrity:

@AlecBaldwin Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM us contact information. 15 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Of course, this being the age of the auto-refresh news cycle, word had already spread across the Internet and so people obeyed their duty and chimed in:

Alec Baldwin thrown off plane for playing Words w/Friends; Stephen Baldwin seen on bus playing Silent Glares w/Strangers. 14 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

@AlecBaldwin She was probably just doing her job and didn't know you were Alec Baldwin, like the Barista last time. 15 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Poor @AlecBaldwin! As if it wasn't bad enough that he has to fly commercial in the first place! 15 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Alec Baldwin versus American Airlines: Twitter wins, hands down #alecbaldwin @alecbaldwin #aa 14 hours ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

How much did Zynga pay Alec Baldwin for having himself removed from an airplane for playing Words With Friends a few days prior to the IPO? 1 hour ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

Fly American - the 100% Alec Baldwin-Free Airline! #BankruptcyRecoveryPlan 10 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

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 17 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Alec did that on his commercials 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Today Show is spending 2 hrs covering the Alec Baldwin "Words With Friends" incident. I mean, it's not like there's anything else going on. 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

I'm on alex baldwin's side, a lot of airport people are assholes, some tsa's think they're cops, and old Stewardis have bad old attitudes. 1 hour ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

Zynga, the developer of Words With Friends, must have been feeling some pressure over the dispute so they released some official Tweetments addressing the ordeal:

Our official statement about @AlecBaldwin’s WWF-gate is available here: Alec 1. @AmericanAir 0 #letAlecPlay 14 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Hey @AmericanAir, don’t ground @AlecBaldwin for playing. A.B.S.U.R.D. is worth *at least* 11 points in @WordsWFriends #LetAlecPlay 15 hours ago via CoTweet · powered by @socialditto