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8th December 2011, 04:11 PM
An American Airlines pilot booted Alec Baldwin off a flight Tuesday because the actor refused to turn off his cell phone after the plane's doors were closed for departure, the airline said Wednesday.

"The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language," the company said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

Baldwin's spokesman blamed his addiction to the cell phone game "Words with Friends."

Alec Baldwin

"He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight," spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said in an e-mail to CNN on Tuesday afternoon.

After Baldwin refused to turn off his cell phone, with the seat belt light on for departure, he walked into the toilet with his phone, 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 airline said. "They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation."

"Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding," the company said.

Word of Baldwin's clash with the crew spread worldwide within minutes of his being escorted from the New York-bound flight at a Los Angeles International Airport gate, because of Twitter postings by Baldwin and a passenger.

"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," tweeted Michael J. Wolf, a consulting firm executive who was a passenger on the flight.

A short time later, Baldwin tweeted to his nearly 600,000 followers: "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving."

When CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin -- no relation -- tagged Alec Baldwin in a tweet asking about "Words with Friends," the actor replied, "It's...well....addicting."

"Words With Friends" is a digital word-building game popular on several platforms.

Another Baldwin tweet took aim at the crew, saying he would never again fly on American Airlines, "where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."

The star of NBC's "30 Rock" noted in his tweets that "oddly, 30 Rock plays inflight on American."

A posting on the airline's Twitter account showed the company was trying to reach Baldwin. "Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this. Please DM us contact information," the company tweeted.

Despite the apparent distress, Baldwin's journey resumed.

"Now on the 3 o'clock American flight. The flight attendants already look.....smarter," he tweeted.

Baldwin arrived at New York's JFK Airport on an American Airlines flight Tuesday evening.