By Claudine Zap, Yahoo! Buzz Log
Alec Baldwin (Getty Images)The brouhaha surrounding Alec Baldwin, who claims he was booted from an American Airlines flight because he would not put away the addictive game Words With Friends on his mobile device, has escalated. After enduring the actor's Twitter rant against the airline, the carrier is having its say. And it's not pretty.
American is striking back on its Facebook page, stating (without naming names), "Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter as well as the FAA regulations which American, and all airlines, must enforce."
The message then goes on to tell American's side of the story: "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 airline added, "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."
A "team Baldwin" source told the New York Daily News that the star was a victim of an "overzealous flight attendant" who wanted to set an example in first class. The source argues, "If he had done anything wrong, he wouldn't have been booked on the next flight."
Baldwin did finally make it to New York, where he was filming his hit show "30 Rock." But not before he shut down his Twitter account, which had 600,000 followers. A spokesperson for the actor explained, "He's focusing on shooting '30 Rock' today."
The 53-year-old can at least count on support from the gaming world. Words With Friends sent TMZ a photo that spelled out the message: "Let Alec Play."