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Word game spells trouble for actor

Alec Baldwin has voiced his anger after being kicked off a flight at Los Angeles International Airport after he said he clashed with a flight attendant over an "addicting" word game he was playing on his mobile phone.

The 30 Rock actor was asked to get off the New York City-bound American Airlines flight for playing Words With Friends while the plane stood at a gate, said Baldwin's 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 Baldwin boarded another American Airlines flight to New York.

Baldwin, a prolific Twitter user, later took to the social media site, saying 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.

Baldwin 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 on Twitter, saying the airline was "where Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants".

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.


From Belfast Telegraph