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Was Alec Baldwin ejected from an American Airlines flight this afternoon?

December 6, 2011 - 05:05 PM
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Thanks to the beauty of the Internet, people are now hearing that 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin has, apparently, been removed from an American Airlines plane this afternoon. Multiple people on the flight tweeted about the event, which appears to have taken place at the LAX airport around 4 p.m. Eastern. Yet despite the accounts, LAX airport police haven't heard anything — I talked with Sergeant Belinda Nettles, public information officer of the LAX airport police and she, at least, is unaware of any Alec Baldwin incidents in her airport.

"It hasn't happened here," Sergeant Nettles told me.

The two tweets come to us from Grant Cardone, a business coach and author, and Michael J. Wolf, managing director at Activate and former president of MTV. The Internet has begun buzzing at the notion that Baldwin was removed, despite the limited information, proof, or knowledge from LAX airport police. Cardone notes that Baldwin was apparently, allegedly "abusive" to a flight attendant and didn't have his Capitol One Card:

#Alec Baldwin is getting kicked off of AA flight as I tweet this!
Dec 06 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

On an AA flight at LAX. Alec Baldwin removed from the plane We had to go back to the gate. Terrible that everyone had to wait
Dec 06 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Transportation, ladies and gentleman...

Within an hour of the first accounts, Baldwin himself confirmed the incident on his Twitter account. Apparently a flight attendant wasn't happy about the actor playing a certain game. From his iPhone he tells us:

Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt
Dec 06 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Update, 5:40 p.m.: First, I want to point out that the Internet has essentially exploded over this non-event, far more than I could have ever imagined. Stories have gone up everywhere, from MSNBC to Gawker to The Atlantic Wire to the Washington Post. Second important thing — although LAX police may have been unaware of the incident, American Airlines want more info and have requested Baldwin send them a direct message on Twitter. Welcome to 21st-century customer service:

@AlecBaldwin Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM us contact information.
Dec 06 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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