12/07/2011 at 06:00 AM EST
When the flight attendant says put those electronic devices in the off position, they're not fooling around.
Just ask Alec Baldwin, whose dismissal from an American Airlines flight for apparently playing a mobile game was documented in real time on Twitter.
"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving," the 30 Rock
actor, 53, Tweeted
Another passenger, Michael J. Wolf, the founder of the technology firm Activate, Tweeted: "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."
Baldwin then Tweeted
a few hours later that his next flight had "smarter"-looking flight attendants. He added:
"Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."
For its part, American has been defending itself
on Twitter. "Our flight attendants followed federal safety regulations regarding electronic devices," the carrier wrote, adding:
"We do our best to treat all customers with the utmost respect regardless of who they are."
His rep explains: "Alec was asked to leave the flight for playing Words with Friends while parked the gate. He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it, but he has already boarded another AA flight."
He became the latest celebrity to deplane early, joining Josh Duhamel
, Kevin Smith
and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong
With reporting by ALEXIS CHIU