Must have been a pretty good word!
According to Baldwin, he was innocently playing while the plane was sitting idle at the gate. Presumably Baldwin felt that his Words With Friends game was no threat to the flight, but it hardly matters. When the flight attendants tell you to turn off your cell phones and electronic devices, you pretty much have to turn off your cell phones and electronic devices, even if you think it is silly!
Instead of politely turning off his cell phone, or even doing so in a huff, Baldwin stormed into the airplane's bathroom, slammed the door shut, and started banging on the wall. Loudly enough that it startled the captain. (Pro tip: the flight crew tends to be skittish about loud banging noises on the plane.) He also "was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language."
Some passengers claim that Baldwin was actually talking on his phone. Other said that he seemed to be intoxicated. What is certain is that Baldwin's bad behavior caused an extra 45 minute delay for his fellow passengers.
My question is, what word was Baldwin playing? If he was playing Words With Friends, his behavior is obviously that of a man who was winning.
In response to the spat, Baldwin first urged his 600,000 Twitter followers to unfollow him. Shortly thereafter, someone (presumably Baldwin) deactivated his Twitter account. Which is a somewhat strange move, frankly. It makes me wonder if one of Baldwin's handlers took the Twitter away to prevent Baldwin from making any more public embarrassments.
Baldwin followed up with a perhaps ill-advised appearance on Saturday Night Live that week. He came on "Weekend Update" in the persona of the pilot of the flight, and proceeded to apologize wholeheartedly to Alec Baldwin on behalf of American Airlines and the entire flight crew, calling Alec Baldwin "an American treasure." It was a surreal moment to be sure, and left many people wondering if Baldwin is sliding slowly towards a Charlie Sheen-like crack-up.
American Airlines cabin crews across the country are protesting Baldwin's boorish actions, and asking for "30 Rock" to be removed from the American Airlines in-flight entertainment.