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Alec Baldwin shuts down Twitter account, airline releases new statement

Alec Baldwin's Twitter following might have exploded beyond 600,000 followers in the wake of Words with Friends-gate Tuesday night, but that didn't stop him from shutting down the account, @alecbaldwin, at least for now. The outspoken actor hinted that this would happen, tweeting "Let's play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM, NY time, unfollow me."

Alec Baldwin shades his eyes from the flashbulbs at JFK Airport in New York Tuesday night.
Alec Baldwin shades his eyes from the flashbulbs at JFK Airport in New York Tuesday night.Splash News

Meanwhile, after citing privacy issues and not commenting on the specifics of the Baldwin incident, American Airlines has now released their own version of events via their Facebook page

"Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter as well as the FAA regulations which American, and all airlines, must enforce. Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding. When the door is closed for departure and the seat belt light is turned on, all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off. 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. 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."

As for what Baldwin might think about that: his publicist Matthew Hiltzik tweeted, "hey @American_AA: How come ok 4 other 1st class passengers 2 tweet while @alecbaldwin asked to leave while using his device? #hypocrisy."

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