Alec Baldwin kicked off flight for playing ‘Words With Friends’ on his iPhone

“All kinds of folks are getting kicked off planes these days,” Yoni Heisler reports for iOnApple. “Days after two RIM employees were kicked off of a plane for creating a drunken raucous, 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin was removed from an American Airlines flight himself on Tuesday at LAX.”

“The plane was at the gate and not moving, so Baldwin decided it’d be a good idea to get in a few rounds of ‘Words with Friends,'” Heisler reports. “Apparently a flight attendant didn’t take to kindly to Baldwin still using his iPhone, prompting the flight attendant to ‘ream’ him out. Shortly thereafter, Baldwin was asked to leave the airplane.”

Heisler reports, “Baldwin spokesman Matthew Hitzik added, ‘He loves `Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it.'”

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61 Comments

  1. Apparently there is no proven danger with electronic devices….yet.

    But, given his past history, if Alec Baldwin does ANYTHING, the rest of us can safely assume that it is stupid, and therefore dangerous.

  2. Actually, according to a friend who is a very senior pilot for a major American airline, there is a sound basis for the FAA rule. As I recall what he said, it turns out that some airplanes (especially older equipment) use wireless fire warning sensors throughout the plane and the frequency they use is close to or identical to frequencies emitted by some cell phones, hence the problem is that in the cockpit the pilots may see false fire alarm indications generated by those phones. This apparently was a substantial problem with earlier aircraft and earlier cell phones. The FAA did not make the rules just for the heck of it. They made the rule because there was a problem, and they made a rule to solve it. I am sure that going forward, as cell phones and fire warning systems work out their problems through compliance with relevant standards, the rule will be relaxed. On a related note, I believe some airlines have already applied for regulatory relief of phone use in flight (for actually making calls) but many passengers are very wary of having a seat mate in a heated business discussion or in a very personal conversation with a mistress, etc. In my opinion, air travel in the back of the plane is miserable enough as is, we don’t need to take it down another level.

  3. The rule, as I understand it, is more about having everyone’s attention in case there is an emergency.

    As someone mentioned, we are really living in a self-absorbed society, particularly when it comes to our devices we can phase out the world around us.

    If a FA, or the Captain or Co-Pilot needs you to do something, and it’s usually pretty quickly when an emergency happens on a plane, your focus is, I don’t know, kind of important wouldn’t you think.

    So, Alec made a big mistake, and got kicked off the flight. He’s not the first, and he won’t be the last.

    And for those ‘defying’ the rules by leaving your cell phone on just to be a jerk, you really are only killing your battery for nothing. Again, a self absorbed society is what we’ve devolved into.

    1. Actually, I’m not killing my battery for nothing. I can still send and receive text messages and emails covertly. And I’m not leaving it on, just to be a jerk. I’m leaving it on because turning it off is extremely inconvenient and unnecessary, therefore I choose to leave it on.

      Again, I think it is sound reasoning that, because I have left my phone on and used it during flight, to no ill effect, that there is no inherent danger, at all, with my using a phone during a flight.

      Secondly, if the reason for turning off the phone was so that people could react quickly, then explain why alcohol is served? Last time I checked, Jack and Coke has never helped anyone respond to anything more quickly.

      1. Nice rationalization…so perhaps you know for sure that 1 phone does not provide sufficient interference but what about 100 phones.
        And you you are leaving it on because you are a jerk. Good thing you were never sitting beside me because I would show you a great iPhone cover that you could not buy in stores (however it does make it uncomfortable to sit down).

        1. Like, I said before, I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of people didn’t leave their phones on during a flight. Don’t you think If there was a real risk to human life and multimillion dollar aircraft that airline would do more than simply ask passengers to turn off phones. If our lives were truly in danger there would be some sort of procedure to ensure that absolutely no phones were on. But they don’t, hence my rationalization stands.

          The iPhone cover you speak of can be bought, but I’m sure you could never afford it.

          1. Why do you make such assumptions? What hard ‘data’ do you possess that others don’t. Like myself and others have mentioned, perhaps there are other reasons for this…like too many phones at once could cause interference. Remember those old videos of 4 cell phones popping corn?

            Are you the type of person that chats (not hi, yes, goodbye conversations) in restaurants during eating on the phone? That walks down a corridor bumping into people while texting? That chats on the phone pressed to their ear while driving?

            I do not understand this, I got to use it at all times at any cost-type attitude. It seems to me a gross lack consideration for others which is becoming the trend in modern society.

  4. All you guys claiming there’s “no evidence” that consumer electronics interfere with avionics, let’s see your electrical engineering degrees and your employment history at Boeing or Airbus. Where’d you get your certitude? Oh, that’s right, you pulled it from your inconvenience-avoidance sphincter. If there’s any delay or problem on the flight caused by some self-indulgent OCD twit, I vote that the culprit should be ejected from the plane AFTER takeoff.

  5. Cell phone use is not permitted during takeoff and landing so that people pay attention in case of an emergency. It has nothing to do with interference. It used to, but when FAA and stakeholders learned that cell phones don’t cause problems, the rule remained but the rationale was changed.

    Nikonfox is still an idiot.

  6. I think Baldwin’s problem is he has become the persona that he protrays so well. That is, the arrogant, self centered celebrity that has his head so far up his kiester that everyone around him suffers. Life imitating art. Baldwin needs to protray a kindly priest or a pediatric doctor to bring him back to earth.

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