Don’t expect any future tweets from Alec Baldwin — at least for now. The “30 Rock” star deactivated his Twitter account today after a “Words With Friends” incident that led to a very public altercation with American Airlines Tuesday.
Baldwin was removed from the flight for using his cell phone to play the popular word building game. Though the plane was still not airborne, the actor was asked to turn off his cell phone, a universal airline policy, which he refused to comply with — perhaps he was in the middle of creating a word that would have led to a winning game.
After the confrontation, Baldwin expressed, in a series of tweets, how he was displeased with the airline, saying, “flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt” and calling it a place “where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”
According to usmagazine.com, he also tweeted that he will no longer choose to fly with American Airlines and said, “But, oddly, “30 Rock” plays inflight [sic.] on American.”
Baldwin announced on Twitter that he would close his account and open a new one: “Let’s play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM, NY time, unfollow me.”
Following a brief stint of silence from American Airlines, due to privacy concerns, the airline company issued a statement regarding the situation, without naming Baldwin.
According to msnbc.com the American Airlines said, “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.”
No confirmation on whether or not Baldwin has already opened a new account, but it looks as if this will be a short-lived Twitter leave for the award-winning actor. Tell us, will you follow Baldwin’s new Twitter?