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Baldwin spells trouble in word game

Alec Baldwin has voiced his anger after being kicked off a flight at Los Angeles International Airport.

The 30 Rock actor was asked to get off the New York City-bound American Airlines flight for playing Words With Friends on his mobile phone while the plane was at the gate, said his spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik.

Words With Friends players compete online to score the most points by building words with tiles on a Scrabble-like game board.

"He loves Words With Friends so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it," said Mr Hiltzik. He said the star boarded another American Airlines flight to New York.

Alec later took to Twitter to say a "flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing Words With Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving."

It was not clear if passengers had been asked to turn off their mobile phones, which is typical before a flight backs away from the terminal.

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

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

Alec tweeted that it would be his last flight with American, despite the fact that the airline shows 30 Rock for in-flight entertainment. He mocked American Airlines flight attendants, saying the airline was "where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants".

Alec plays executive Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock and starred as an amorous ex-husband to Meryl Streep in the 2009 romantic comedy It's Complicated.

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