It seems like celebrities being kicked off of airplanes is becoming as synonymous to air travel as those hard-to-open bags of peanuts, tiny bathrooms, annoying Captain spiels, and cliched jokes about the perils of flying.
On Tuesday, Alec Baldwin joined the growing list of stars who have been booted from planes. But Baldwin’s exit might be the best one yet, or at the very least, the most relatable considering a game of Words With Friends got him in trouble with American Airlines. The 30 Rock actor told his followers on Twitter, “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.” (I like to imagine he was deeply immersed in a wildly competitive game with John Krasinski in which he kept using Yankees terminology.)
Baldwin continued his online tirade against the airline with posts like, “United Airlines should buy Words With Friends,” “United shud hav app onboard where u can play WWF w other passengers. American shud have app where u read the new testament w flt attendants,” and “Now on the 3 o’clock American flight. The flight attendants already look…..smarter.”
Another passenger on Baldwin’s first flight took to his Twitter to write, “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.” (Baldwin’s Twitter account appears to have been deactivated by Wednesday morning. EW reached out to Baldwin’s rep regarding a statement on the star’s exit from his flight, as well as the social networking site, but could not be reached for comment.)
Twitter quit aside — a tragedy in itself — is Baldwin’s airplane exit the best one yet? At this point, who hasn’t been in trouble for playing Words With Friends when they shouldn’t be? (EW also reached out to the game company Zynga, home to the clearly addictive word game for a statement, but they were not available at press time. They did, however, send this clever response to TMZ.com on Tuesday in regards to Baldwin’s Occupy WWF movement.)
Here are some other recent airplane offenders:
In February 2010 Kevin Smith was deemed a “safety risk” (that’s code for “too fat to fly”) and was asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight. Smith also took to his Twitter to air his grievances about his incident, posting “Hey @SouthwestAir! Sometimes, the arm rests are up because THE PEOPLE SITTING THERE ALREADY PUT THEM UP; NOT BECAUSE THEY ‘CAN’T GO DOWN’.” A rep for the airline later responded to the actor/director in a blog post, writing, “I let [Smith] know that in my 18 years here at Southwest, I have never dealt with a situation like [that]….The communication among our Employees was not as sharp as it should have been and, it’s apparent that Southwest could have handled this situation differently. Thanks, Kevin, for your passion around this topic.”
In December 2010 Josh Duhamel got kicked off of a plane for a situation not unlike Baldwin’s. As reported by People, Duhamel “pulled out his BlackBerry and began texting, despite being told by a flight attendant to turn off his phone. After Duhamel refused the request, the aircraft was turned around and sent back to the gate, and the actor was escorted off.” We can forgive him for that, but this, well, we’re not so sure.
In September 2011 Southwest Airlines has more troubles with a celebrity when Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong’s pants were declared too saggy to fly. According to Reuters, the rocker got the boot from his flight after a conflict with a stewardess regarding the droopiness of his pants. While the airline later apologized to Armstrong and his flying companion, it’s a safe bet he didn’t think of it as the time of his life.
Honorable mention: While he somehow, inexplicably, didn’t get kicked off of his flight when he urinated in a plane cabin (in short, playing Words With Friends = more offensive than public urination,) Gerard Depardieu still gets accolades for not only having a good sense of humor about the whole thing, but for giving us this wonderful video of Anderson Cooper giggling.
Who has the best getting-kicked-off-a-plane story, PopWatchers? What do you think of Alec Baldwin’s incident? Do you think its what caused him to leave Twitter? Share in the comments section below!