Alec Baldwin is facing a possible fine after allegedly disobeying an American Airlines attendant on a flight departing from Los Angeles on Tuesday (06Dec11).
The actor was kicked off a flight because he was playing Words With Friends on an unspecified device after passengers were asked to turn off all electronic gadgets as the pilot and his crew prepared for take-off, according to the Los Angeles Times.
And his actions could land him in big trouble if American Airlines officials choose to file a complaint about Baldwin with the Federal Aviation Administration.
When approached for a comment by the publication, Faa spokesman Ian Gregor declined to comment specifically on Baldwin's case, but revealed federal authorities can investigate such matters when an airline complains about a passenger who refuses to obey a crew member's instructions.
Gregor says, "If we determine the passenger did in fact disobey a crew member's instructions, we can propose to fine that passenger."
Two of Baldwin's fellow passengers tweeted about the incident - Michael J. Wolf posted, "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." And @GrantCardOne wrote, "#Alec Baldwin is getting kicked off of AA flight as I tweet this!"
The actor also took to Twitter.com to comment on the drama, tweeting, "Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing Words W Friends while we sat at the gate, not moving."
He eventually flew out of Lax airport on a later flight and posted a scathing remark about the airline's staff, writing, "Last flight w (with) American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants."
As WENN went to press, no official investigation into the incident had been launched, but American Airlines officials had asked for the actor's contact details, stating via a tweet, "Mr. Baldwin, we are looking into this."