December 9, 2011

Alec Baldwin Vows Not to Use American Airlines Again After Getting Kicked-off Flight

Just a day after American Airlines kicked off Alec Baldwin from one of its flights, the '30 Rock' celebrity has blasted the airlines and claimed that he was singled out for not turning off his phone while other passengers' were ignored of the same act.


The incident happened on Tuesday when Baldwin was travelling from Los Angeles to New York. The angry actor said that he would never use the airlines again. He also tweeted, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving," adding a hashtag, "#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt". In another tweet, he said, "#theresalwaysunited," adding, "But, oddly, 30 Rock plays in flight on American."


Writing in the Huffington Post, he criticized airlines' and airports' excuse of making air travel experience 'inelegant' in the name of security after 9/11 attacks. He also slammed the U.S. airlines, claiming that the standards of these flights deteriorated terribly with filthy planes and cuts in jet service to less-popular locations adding fuel to the problem.


Responding to Baldwin's remarks, the airline, on its Facebook page, posted, "Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on December 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter. This 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. He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked," American airlines wrote.


When flight attendants went to check on the situation, the airlines found Baldwin as extremely rude to the crew. He was also using offensive language against them. Due to these factors, the passenger was removed from the flight.


Upon arrival in New York, fellow passenger and champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya told reporters that Baldwin was actually turning off his smartphone but he just got a little angry.


Meanwhile, the actor has deactivated his Twitter account and asked his 600,000 followers not to follow him. "Let's play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again," he tweeted.
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