The American Airlines plane was forced to turn back to the departure gate so the 53-year-old actor could be removed from the aircraft, delaying the early morning flight from LAX airport to New York.
The 30 Rock star, who could be fined over the incident, had been playing a computer game on his iPad, Words With Friends, a puzzle game which the actor reportedly “would risk being thrown off a flight to play”.
Words With Friends players compete online to score the most points by building words with tiles on a Scrabble-like game board.
Baldwin, who pledged never to not use the airline again, vented his frustration over the incident on his Twitter account @AlecBaldwin.
“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt,” he wrote on the microblogging site.
Pretty good piece of advertising for the game and yes, people are indeed paid to advertise things on Twitter.