Activate.com founder and former MTV executive Michael J. Wolf was the first to tweet news of the hubbub happening at LAX: “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.”
Business coach Grant Cardone corroborated this story in a tweet. When asked what happened, Cardone, half-joking, tweeted, “Didn’t have his Capitol One Card and Abusive to attendant is what I was told by AA authority.”
Baldwin, a prolific Twitter user, then offered his side of the story in a series of tweets: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.”
“Now on the 3 o’clock American flight. The flight attendants already look.....smarter,” Baldwin tweeted about 15 minutes before his new scheduled departure time. Ten minutes later, he tweeted, “Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”
The actor’s rep confirmed the news in a statement: “Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing Words with Friends while parked the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight.”
American Airlines would not comment on the situation to the Huffington Post: “We do not divulge the names of passengers on our flights or comment on them.” But the airline did send this tweet to Baldwin: “@AlecBaldwin Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM us contact information.”
This post has been updated.