Alec Baldwin’s addiction to his cell phone has gotten him into some hot water.
The “30 Rock” star was booted from an American Airlines flight Tuesday after he failed to listen to turn off his cell phone while his plane idled at Los Angeles International Airport. The airline said Wednesday on its Facebook page that an “extremely vocal customer” declined to turn off his phone when asked to do so by a flight attendant. Baldwin boarded another AA flight after he was removed from his original plane, but said he wouldn’t fly with that carrier again.
“I suppose a part of my frustration lay with the fact that I had flown American for over 20 years and was brand loyal, in the extreme,” Baldwin wrote on The Huffington Post explaining his side of the story and apologizing to his fellow passengers, but noting he was singled out by one attendant who he says was trying to make an example out of him. “Airlines in the US are struggling with fuel costs, labor costs, bankruptcies, you name it. It’s no secret that the level of service on US carriers has deteriorated to a point that would make Howard Hughes red-faced. Filthy planes, barely edible meals, cuts in jet service to less-traveled locations.
“…September 11th was a horrific day in the airline industry, yet in the wake of that event, I believe carriers and airports have used that as an excuse to make the air travel experience as inelegant as possible.”
- “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.”
For his part, Baldwin, an avid Twitter who Tweeted about his experience, has left Twitter in protest of the incident.
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