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December 07, 2011

Alec Baldwin Kicked Off Airplane (Delaying Flight For Everyone Else) Due To Refusal To Turn Off Electronic Device; Deactivates Twitter Account
Update: Baldwin's Defense? That Woman Was a Lesbian

His Twitter account is now deactivated.

American Airlines would not typically trash-talk a passenger, especially a celebrity, but since Alec Baldwin started trashing them, they have now issued a statement on their FaceBook page.

Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter as well as the FAA regulations which American, and all airlines, must enforce. Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding. When the door is closed for departure and the seat belt light is turned on, all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off. 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. They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation. The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.

Alec Baldwin claims he was playing a Scrabble-type game with friends. For one thing, so what? Turn it off, dummy.

For another thing, no one goes on a rampage over a delayed Scrabble game. I don't know who he was texting or, um, sexting, but I just can't believe this dummy was super-duper incensed that American Airlines wouldn't let him lay down his 1 point word -- adding an "S" to "cat" to make it, wow!, "cats."

Maybe the stewardress just reminded him of his 11 (or 12, who's counting) year old daughter.

Baldwin Has A Problem With Gay Men Giving Him Sass: Via Hot Air, this NY Post account.

It wasn’t the first time Baldwin lost his cool with working stiffs who don’t treat him like royalty.

In September, Baldwin tweeted nasty things about an employee at an Upper West Side Starbucks.

He wrote that an “uptight Queen barrista named JAY has an attitude problem.”

Uptight queen barrista? Okay, now bear in mind, of course, a lot of the male flight attendants seem to be... uh, not in the business to hit on the female flight attendants.

So what is Baldwin trying to say about the female flight attendant he go into some business with?

He then took a verbal swipe at the woman, tweeting: “Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”

Maybe I'm overreading this, but it sounds to me like he's trying to call the woman a lesbian, and not of the lipstick variety.

And that presupposes the Post got this right about the gender of the target of his wrath. If he's actually referring to a guy -- which I suspect later reporting will clarify -- I think it's pretty clear he's calling another guy in the service industry a dirty queer.

But he gets a total pass, of course, because he's a Liberal In Good Standing.

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