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Friday, December 9, 2011

Apparently, he is no smart Alec

I really like Alec Baldwin.
But I really despise it when people do not think rules apply to them.
Baldwin got booted off an airplane because he refused to turn off his cell phone. He was playing Words With Friends, a Scrabble-like game.
So Baldwin didn’t mind inconveniencing everybody else on the plane.
He was too I-M-P-O-R-T-A-N-T.
How many points is that, Alec?
He did not score any points with me, and that is tough for Baldwin to do. I personally love his brand of comedy. It’s not just schwetty balls, either.
But he sure had some balls to pull that stunt earlier this week.
On a plane about to leave Los Angeles International for New York, Baldwin declined to turn off his cell phone at the appropriate time, then stood up, took his phone into the restroom and slammed the door, the airline said.
"He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked," the statement said. "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."
American said cell phones must be turned off for taxiing and takeoff, according to FAA regulations.
Baldwin's Twitter account had been deactivated Wednesday morning, but in earlier tweets he criticized the airline and vowed never to fly American again.
"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving," Baldwin said, later adding: "#theresalwaysunited."
So Baldwin thought the rules did not apply to him.
I like Alec Baldwin, but I despise that attitude.


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