So how much did this cost Zynga?

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.

5 comments on “So how much did this cost Zynga?

  1. Especially as Baldwin “pledged never to not use the airline again”. Or perhaps the Telegraph should not use that sub again.

  2. “The American Airlines plane was forced to turn back to the departure gate …”

    “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving.”

    Something of a truth gap here.

  3. never to not use the airline again

    Recall that Baldwin previously pledged never to not leave the U.S. if George Bush won re-election in 2004.

    It’s just a harmless Baldwinism.

    All really important people have them.

  4. I kinda sympathise…being asked to turn off my Kindle during taxiiing yesterday pissed me off somewhat.

    Then again, I did kind of owe Emirates one. I flew from Phuket to Bangkok with Air Asia, and started feeling sick on the way. I was pretty sure I had one of those 24 hour stomach upset things I get about once per year, and sure enough when I landed in Bangkok I threw up. I checked into my flight to Dubai with Emirates, cleared immigration, and threw up again. I was considering telling the Emirates crew that I was feeling sick, but only so they would reassign me to an aisle seat. But I wasn’t sure they’d give a stuff (I’m used to flying Russian and European airlines) so I kept quiet. Then when we were taxiing to take off, I started to chunder into the air sickness bag. Only when I am sick, I make a noise which would drown out the engines, even in take-off mode. This sent the stewardesses and head steward running towards me in panic.

    They gave me a bollocking, and rightly so. They asked me if I’d informed Emirates, and I said no. They then said I should have, because they would have got somebody to look at me and determine if I was fit to fly. Their point was that if my condition worsened in the air, they would have to divert the plane. This being an A380, where the fuck are they going to land, exactly? Yeah, they had a point. If me being sick had forced them to land in some place miles away, I would have cost the company millions as well as pissed off 500 odd passengers. But I’m glad I kept quiet, because I suspect Emirates would have stopped me flying regardless, just to be on the safe side. As it turned out, I recovered by the time we reached Dubai.

    But turning off “all electronic devices” is fucking stupid. My watch is an electronic device. How do I turn that off? Luddites.

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