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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Alec Baldwin leaves Twitter; American Airlines says actor was ‘extremely rude to the crew’


Alec Baldwin. (Jemal Countess - Getty Images for the Reeve Foundation)
After venting his frustration with American Airlines and its flight attendants in a series of biting tweets, Alec Baldwin has deactivated his Twitter account less than a day after he was kicked off a flight at LAX for playing the game Words With Friends.

Baldwin’s publicist said the actor left the site he used quite often to focus on “30 Rock.” But Baldwin told his Twitter followers late Tuesday evening he planned to close his account and start a new one. He has not publicly shared plans to do the latter.

Meanwhile, American Airlines has responded to the incident in a statement posted to Facebook, saying the actor used “offensive language” and was “extremely rude to the crew” after he refused to turn of his cellphone as the plane prepared for take-off:

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.

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