Watch out because it’s gettin’ bad in Baldwin town, and this time it doesn’t involve Steve. Alec Baldwin is doing his part this holiday season to make sure the friendly skies are a little less friendly. This bad boy made his way onto the naughty list of an American Airlines flight yesterday and got himself booted off the plane. The infraction Baldwin committed was alleged refusal to turn off his phone at that magical moment when the plane’s doors close for departure and all communication with the outside world must cease.
I was sure Alec had a very good reason for not turning off his phone. Maybe his daughter was in trouble, maybe his sometimes-crazy ex, Kim Basinger, was having a breakdown, maybe his brother Steve was trying to save his immortal soul. There are plenty of reasonable explanations for why it might take a few extra seconds to extricate yourself from your cell phone.
But no. Alec’s reason was much more shocking than any of the above – it was due to a new addiction the 30 Rock funny man and Capital One Venture Card (a card for, about and in all other ways related to traveling) spokesperson is currently battling an addiction to Words with Friends. Yep, you heard me right. WWF addiction.
“He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight,” spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in an e-mail to CNN on Tuesday afternoon.
Baldwin, however, wasn’t about to go quietly, or let his talking heads do all the talking. Before boarding a different American Airlines flight, Baldwin Tweeted out his disdain for the assertive airline and his love for the addictive app, “United shud hav app onboard where u can play WWF w other passengers.”
Apparently Baldwin’s addiction runs so deep that he even retreated to the tiny airplane lavatory and locked himself in rather than turn off his phone in the middle of playing what, for all we know, might have been a triple-word score featuring “Q” on a triple-letter space. Alec may have been on the verge of the WWF Holy Grail.
And the makers of Words with Friends, Zynga, are backing up the addicted actor and fanboy of their game. They sent a tweet showing their support for Baldwin’s brave stand in the face of flustered flight attendants, “Hey @AmericanAir, don’t ground @AlecBaldwin for playing. A.B.S.U.R.D. is worth *at least* 11 points in @WordsWFriends.” Zynga also Tweeted a pic of a WWF board showing the words, “Let Alec Play.”
Powerful words indeed. But that was the end of Alec’s Twitter time. He deactivated his account shortly after all the drama ensued. His rep says that this is just temporary while Alec “focuses on 30 Rock.“