Fellow first class passenger Oscar De La Hoya, who witnessed Alec Baldwin’s airline Words With Friends snafu on Tuesday, said the whole situation was exaggerated.
Following the incident, where Alec was told by a flight attendant to turn off his iPad while playing the popular online game and then eventually placed on another flight, American Airlines released a statement.
“This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time. The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane’s lavatory. He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked,” the airline said in a statement posted on their Facebook account. “They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation. The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.”
The boxing great, however, had a different take on the situation.
“There wasn’t no slamming of doors or nothing like that. I mean, it was, I think, blown out of proportion,” Oscar told Access Hollywood on Wednesday. “I don’t know him very well but he seemed like a good guy. He wanted to play his words game! I mean, that’s all he wanted to do!”
Alec’s rep, Matthew Hiltzik, took to Twitter to discuss the situation, Tweeting, “hey @AMERICAN_AA: How come ok 4 other 1st class passengers 2 tweet while @alecbaldwin asked to leave while using his device? #hypocrisy… 1st clss passngers can tweet, but @alecbaldwin asked to leave?”
Following the incident, Alec deactivated his account, but not before sending out one last Tweet of a photo with a caption that read, “Let Alec play.”