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FILE - In this April 6, 2011 file photo, actor Alec Baldwin speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. FILE - In this April 6, 2011 file photo, actor Alec Baldwin speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — American Airlines used social media to explain its actions Wednesday after Alec Baldwin said he was booted from a flight for playing a word game on his cellphone as the plane was about to depart from Los Angeles.

Without naming the "30 Rock" actor, the airline said on its Facebook page that an "extremely vocal customer" declined to turn off his phone when asked to do so by a flight attendant.

The company said the customer stood up and took his phone into the lavatory, slamming the door so loudly the pilots heard it.

On Twitter, American Airlines said its flight attendants followed federal safety regulations regarding electronic devices.

Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York after Tuesday's incident, but said he wouldn't fly with the airline again.

Before being booted from the first flight, the "30 Rock" actor was playing a game called "Words with Friends" while the plane idled at a gate at Los Angeles International Airport, said Baldwin's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik.

"He loves 'Words with Friends' so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it," Hiltzik said.

Baldwin, a prolific Twitter user, took to the social media site to vent, saying a "flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing Words With Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving."

Baldwin tweeted that it would be his last flight with American, despite the fact that they show "30 Rock" for in-flight entertainment.

He mocked American Airlines flight attendants on Twitter, saying the airline is "where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."

It wasn't clear if passengers had been asked to turn off their cellphones, which is typical before a plane backs away from the terminal.

American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle declined to comment, citing customer privacy concerns.

Airport police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said officers did not respond to the incident.

Baldwin called "Words With Friends" an "addicting" game. Players compete online to score the most points by building words with tiles on a Scrabble-like game board.

Baldwin plays the role of executive Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock" and played an amorous ex-husband to Meryl Streep in the 2009 romantic comedy "It's Complicated."


 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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