December 12th, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Alec Baldwin jokes about airline upset on 'SNL'

Alec Baldwin has spoken out about getting booted from an American Airlines flight last week, and on the latest edition of "Saturday Night Live," it was American Airlines Captain Steve Rogers' played by Alec Baldwin.

"Captain Steve Rogers," in uniform with a thick mustache and a heavy Southern accent, recounted to Seth Meyers that Baldwin's dismissal from the flight last week after refusing to shut off his cell phone was "awful." (Baldwin, mind you, had been playing "Words with Friends" at the time.)

But after that fiasco, Steve Rogers felt the need to appear on "SNL" "and on behalf of everyone at American Airlines, issue an apology to Mr. Alec Baldwin," the captain explained. Meyers wasn't buying Baldwin's routine as the best way to handle the situation, but the actor shushed him and kept going:

"Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure. I am ashamed at the way he was treated. What harm would it do to let him keep playing his game?"

And not just any game, "but a word game for smart people."

And according to Steve Rogers, that whole "shut off your electronic devices" business when flying is all a sham. He asked Seth, "Would you really get on an airplane that flew 30,000 feet in the air if you felt one Kindle switch could take it down? C'mon, it's just a cruel joke perpetrated by the airplane industry. We would've gotten away with it, but Alec Baldwin is just too smart for us. He really is something, Seth."

But what about Baldwin slamming the plane's restroom door shut? The captain had an answer for that:

"'Words with Friends' can be frustrating," he explained. "I just started playing the game myself...let me tell you, that would make you slam the bathroom door too."

Filed under: Alec Baldwin • Celebrities • Late Night comedy • television

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  4. witzkrieg

    Man, it must be nice to be famous enough to think rules don't apply to you. This guy is a jerk. Just like so many other people out there. Apologize already jack ass.

    December 15, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. NeedSun

    Alec was being a jerk, everyone else has to shut off their electronic devices on a flight, he apparently felt he was an exception. But he had to save face and went on SNL to make fun of himself and the situation. SNL by the way isn't the LEAST bit funny IMO, not sure why it's even still on.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ray

    What did you expect from a radical animal rights retard? Anyone who buys into PETA has got to have a screw loose.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Henry

    wow how about instead of liberal, conservative, republican, democrat, you call yourself what you really are..... human. Does any one here realize that we lost all our rights in the United States after the Civil War. Our consitution is Null in void because of the civil war look into it people google "the red amendment" this is the sad truth but we won't do crap about it will we!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. IndyJim

    I was really disapointed that SNL basically allowed Baldwin to come on the show and try to make the airlines looks like a bunch of buttheads. What they should have done was a skit using an actor dressed as Baldwin acting like he is God and above the little people, with the final punchline being the rest of the passengers throwing him out the emergency exit while in the air. It was not in the least bit funny.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Carmen

    Baldwin is an obnoxious, out of shape, minimally talented, self-important twit. He only amuses because of his humorous yet unfounded belief in his own self importance. OH YES Mr Baldwin we are laughing at you ...not with you.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kim

    Just take the freaking phones away from people before they board the plane and return when they get off the plane. Good grief! You are giving Alec Baldwin and is stupid game free publicity!

    December 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kim

    Just take the freaking phones away from people before they board the plane and return when they get off the plan. Good grief! You are giving Alec Baldwin and is stupid game free publicity!

    December 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ronald Mcloughlin

    Love this skit even though I hate SNL. Simply not funny but Alec Baldwin is hilarious. And he does make the point that the airlines are kidding us abt the dangers of electronic toys interfering with flights. Remember once listening to Click-and-clack on radio talking mechanics and one point one of them said that U don't have to change your oil every 3,000 miles, 6,000 is time enuff. There is so much sludge out there. Alec Baldwin for mayor of NY after he stops entertaining us!

    December 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. runmom

    @Observer – liberal or conservative doesn't enter into the equation. Alec Baldwin is a narcissistic jerk who thinks the rules don't apply to him and than he can throw a temper tantrum when he doesn't get his way. This is the same guy who called his daughter a "fat cow" at one point. He's just an idiot.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Mcloughlin

      If name calling his daughter a "fat cow" is his only sin that makes him eligible for sainthood.

      December 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dennis

    Alec knew what he was doing! The skit was hysterical!

    December 13, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Barbara

    I have flown American Airlines for close to 50 years. They have the worst stewards and stewardesses in the business and always have had. They are rude. On one flight, I asked the steward if he would please put my bag up in the storage bin as I'd had a back operation and couldn't lift it up. His answer? "If it's too heavy for you, then I'm not lifting it. You should check it with the other baggage." And then he walked off. A kind stranger put it up in the bin for me. I have other horror stories about American. The nicest crews were on Delta and Braniff, although United and Continental have always been nice. But NOT American. Perhaps Baldwin was wrong to not turn of his machine, but I have no doubt whatsoever that the American crew was extremely rude. It's their nature. I vowed about 6 years ago to NEVER fly on American again.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronald Mcloughlin

      I thought American Airlines shud have been bankrupted when they let one of their planes fly into the Twin Towers. H

      December 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Barbara

    I have flown American Airlines for close to 50 years. They have the worst stewards and stewardesses in the business and always have had. They are rude. On one flight, I asked the steward if he would please put my bag up in the storage bin as I'd had a back operation and couldn't lift it up. His answer? "If it's too heavy for you, then I'm not lifting it. You should check it with the other baggage." And then he walked off. A kind stranger put it up in the bin for me. I have other horror stories about American. The nicest crews were on Delta and Braniff, although United and Continental have always been nice. But NOT American. Perhaps Baldwin was wrong to not turn of his machine, but I have no doubt whatsoever that the American crew was extremely rude. It's their nature. I voed about 6 years ago to NEVER fly on American again.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jeff from Columbus

    Yawn – yet another immature, self-centered brat from Hollywood.

    Alec Baldwin behaves as he does because he has fans and other people enabling his boorish behavior. He doesn't think he's wrong because no one around him tells him he's wrong. And he has legions of fans saying, "Oooh...Mr. Baldwin, we love you!".

    There's a reality that exists in Hollywood that is FAR removed from actual reality. Plain and simple – the norm for Hollywood celebrities is people like Alec Baldwin.

    People like Tom Hanks – who are more grounded – are the exception to the rule in Hollywood.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  18. JO

    I'm a fan of Alec Baldwin. But his behavior on the plane was selfish and the SNL skit was pointless, self-indulgent, and not even funny.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. lucy

    He exhibited his usual childish bully attention seeking behavior. Nothing new and certainly not news.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  20. wanderer79

    I think some people missed some pertinent information in this story. The “danger” from cell phones (quotes because it’s still supposition that has never been proven or even reproduced in tests by aircraft manufacturers or the FCC) comes from transmissions. He wasn’t making a call; he was playing a game- his phone could have been in safe-mode at the time. The reasons for shutting off all devices at take-off and landing, even devices that are approved in-flight (like phones in safe mode) is because history has shown that the majority of mishaps happen at take-off and landing. They simply want people paying attention at those times, just in case. I have been on many flights where everybody from college aged kids to businessmen argues with the flight attendants about turning off their device. Most don’t get kicked off the flight; in this case, I think they just wanted to look tough with a celebrity. Airline safety is extremely important, and yes, Alec Baldwin acted like a spoiled brat, which he is, but he wasn’t doing anything that was going to take down the plane.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  21. Kevin

    The bit was funny. I would have found it funnier after a sincere apology to the crew and passangers which is long overdue. Alec is a talented man but to tolerate spoiled celebrity behaivor when the rest of us mere mortals would have been arrested due to security heighteneed standards is ridiculous. He should have been fined by TSA..then apologized. After that the bit would have been a classic and actually put a positive spin on the matter. Now he just looks like a spoiled child with too much media acess to air his opinions.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. geraldjones

    Alec Baldwin is a horrible person and should die quietly in a gutter somewhere.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  23. filster

    Come on, Mr. Baldwin wasn't doing anything particularly bad. He got ticked off at the fact that he was singled out. Maybe he overreacted, but I can't believe anyone would side with an airline. The airlines have been jerking us all around for years with their decline in quality and service. The airlines continue to raise prices and cut amenities. People should be irate when arrogant airline waitresses throw their weight around. Oh yes, speaking of weight, what happened to the weight limits on flight attendants? Now they walk down the aisle with those two bulbous hips smacking into unsuspecting aisle seat passengers. Do they get charged for excess baggage?

    December 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Molly

      Seriously, the topic here is the weight of some flight attentants. Wow, Alec is not the only idiot here!

      December 13, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • gmacmillan

      Yeah, he was singled out...they never tell anyone to turn off their phones...just him. Also, he is very cool, playing a game on his phone is very important.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  24. ZzZz

    Alec, you're a funny guy. I want to play WWF with you, but it gave me an error saying that you've maxed out the number of games. I'm addicted too...

    December 12, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. RestEasy

    A backwards unionized group spinning their company into bankruptcy
    battling a filthy rich anti-capitalist spoiled left wing enviro-nut, what is a
    normal hard working republican to say on this story?

    December 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  26. calvin

    Obviously this moron doesn't know there's a REASON why they ask you to turn off any items that transmit signals. Not only that, he interfered with a flight crew, which is a federal offense. He should be glad his ass isn't in jail. Anyone else would have been handcuffed.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  27. PhilG.

    Baldwin would have been really special if his phone had interfered with the fly by wire controls that fly the plane.

    Really specially DEAD.

    There are excellent reasons to do as you are told on a commercial airline.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • murray

      If it were true that cell phones could bring down a plane, thousands of planes would have already crashed just because of people leaving their cells on ACCIDENTALLY. Though Baldwin is a rude and arrogant twit either way.

      December 13, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  28. pablo

    Alec thinks life is a joke. He is too liberal to realize importance of rules and regulations. He should take the bus from now own and play his silly ass games.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Elwood

    Considering it was on SNL, that skit could have been a lot worse. The are certainly tough times for the American flying public and broadcast sketch comedy.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Djozer

    Baldwin's like most other stars – everyone's equal, but he's just a little more equal. Shut off the device and sit down.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Larry

    He is a poor pathetic man, the flight attendant told him to turn it off, he should of complied. Him being a egg sucking Liberal has nothing to do with the incident.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. KCJ

    Alec has problems with authority – he doesn't like to be told anything!

    December 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Spence

    Personally, I would like to see Baldwin barred from flying at all anywhere in the United States. See how much he likes driving everyplace or taking the bus!

    December 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bill

    Someone tell me again how this moron got to be famous? What an a$$clown!

    December 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. SixDegrees

    Yeah, 'cause turning an entire plane full of passengers around and sending it back to the gate because Baldwin didn't want to turn off his toy is absolutely hilarious.

    A sshole.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. marragor

    Get a grip

    December 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tony

    Seriously??? That skit was too damn funny! People need to get a life if they found the skit offensive or in bad taste. The skit did what it was meant to do and make you laugh. No wonder the country is in the shape it is in with uptight azz people that always want to complain and label people. What does being liberal or conservative have to do with the situation? Dont a GOD Damned thing. Don't like that last comment? Then you are just another one of the reason I wrote the comment.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  39. sharky

    He sounded like Looney Tunes "Foghorn Leghorn" in that skit.

    He should have done "Petunia Pig."

    December 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Todd

    More proof that Alec Baldwin is a complete piece of garbage who thinks he is better than every other person on earth, including his own DAUGHTER. I really hope he gets hit by a bus

    December 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Chris

    Alec Baldwin is a spoiled brat.

    December 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Maggie

    He is hilarious. your are all malcontents

    December 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Jennifer NYC

    The jerk doesn't seem to appreciate that his electronics interfere with the pilots' electronics...he also did not apologize for his outrageous, abusive behavior...slamming the bathroom door, banging around, using abusive foul language.

    December 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Only Blue

    He put the IPad (or whatever it was) up and then he looked around and everyone else was pllaying on theirs so he got his back out. Why was the attentant only telling him to put his up? Thanks, you can laugh at yourself.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Enemy of the State

    White people are so spoiled its pathetic. Everybody knows this was a publicity stunt by Capital One. If I had done some dumb s**t like this I wouldve been in jail not on SNL. If you wanna promote some stupid game then promote it. Dont pull some fake stunt just to get publicity. Pathetic.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  46. momsconscience

    and exactly what was the point of this article? to reiiterate the video? BTW can some explain the headline to me? "Upset on SNL" Who's upset? Or am I using the word wrong?

    December 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |

    it doesn't kill anyone to follow the rules.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Nick

    Wow, Learn something new everyday about Alice. I want too see him in a good movie..

    December 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Stussy

    The only decent Baldwin died years ago. He could of taught his brother how to be an adult.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Robin

    Sounds to me like the flight attendant was being a bully. She was insisting on Alec Baldwin turning off his electronic devise while the plane was still at the gate, and other people were tweeting what was going on the entire time. Why weren't those people asked to turn off their electronic devise. I'm on Team Alec.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Well, no. The plane had already left the gate, and was forced to return when Baldwin refused to turn off his toy.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Brian Humphries

    Why the hell is this news? We are only a few short steps away from living smack in the middle of "Idiocracy".

    December 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  52. The Real Deal

    Alex Baldwin is a jerk, has always been a jerk, and always will be a jerk.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Bobo

    Glad a few people think this idiot is funny! He wasn't funny when he ranted at his daughter ahile back and he wasn't funny for us (the passengers on the plane that got delayed) when he became obnoxious and disgusting and delayed everyone elses travel plans because thought he was above everybody else. The "turn off" rule may be questionable but it's the rule – over paid actor or not.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Hot Carl

    We should boycot ANY supporter of the cop-killer Wesley Cook, AKA Mumia Abu-Jamal. This guy has been on death row for 30 years and just got his sentence commuted to life instead. Read the facts, he did it. And Baldwin whines for the killer's life! Liberal stooge!

    December 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Hot Carl

    Acts like an idiot on a plane and has the nerve to mock the airline now? Spoiled little turd.
    Hey, where's tracie?

    December 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. flyer

    Take your meds.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  57. warhorse1

    now hes ridiculing the airline for all the lives he disrupted.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  58. IslandGirl


    December 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  59. IslandGirl

    Maybe he had his phone in "FLIGHT MODE" I am certain that would not affect the plan!?!?!?!

    December 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      It doesn't matter. ALL electronic devices are to be turned OFF during certain portions of the flight. Period.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Hobbits

    Funny bit, kudos to Alex.

    I'm a pilot and NO, YOUR GAMEBOY WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH OUR EQUIPMENT! There are two reasons that we ask you to turn off your devices. The first is safety! We want everyone, regardless of how many times you fly, to understand your surroundings, what to do, and make sure everyone is situationally aware.

    The second reason isn't us, its the FCC and FAA. Significant testing is required and when it doubt, it isn't allowed. The FMS has never malfunctioned and we can't hear your conversations up front but until those government agencies say its okay, then it isn't and we have no choice but to comply. The good news...the EU is relaxing these rules somewhat so it shouldn't be long before American routes follow suit.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Mememeem

    What an *ss. This is the same guy who yelled at his daughter over he cell and told her she was going to have to "pay". I think he should have kept his promise from years ago and quit acting.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Shirley, Alec's new girly

    Alec is hilarious..obviously and human like the rest of us. I loved watching this bit on SNL. It totally cracked me up. and if some of you would unclench your butt cheeks and follow along with the dialogue you would comprehend he was also making fun of himself. That is what cool people do...they are able to laugh at themselves as well as others. Love ya Alec !

    December 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • NSmom2005

      Agreed – well said...

      December 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Did I somehow miss his apology to the entire planeload of passengers he delayed because he didn't want to turn off his toy? 'Cause I don't remember hearing it.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jennifer Gritz-Houge

    Alec baldwin is one of the best comedians i believe is out there see i have leaukimia and when i watch him i forget my troubles and as for what happened on the plane lets face it everyones has there off days!

    December 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  64. ralph

    i think hes a great actor and great person i want be just like him

    December 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  65. citizenUSA

    I like Alec. He's a funny guy. However he is also known for being an a**hole and I can verify that. We have all seen the instances where he appears to feel superior and privileged. It doesn't matter what his personal opinion is about the FEDS or airlines rules/regulations, he just needs to follow them and quit his b-itchin'. I don't know if it's an absolute necessity or not but I'd rather no one take chances with my safety. I was just on a plane where the flight attendant told the guy sitting across from me to turn off his laptop but he didn't. I waited several moments until I said, "hey Baldwin, turn it off!". It was well received by the other passengers. I wonder if CapitalOne, who he's been doing commercials for about air travel bonus miles, will think of something else?

    December 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  66. NSmom2005

    I think this was a hilarious skit. I love Alec Baldwin...everyone needs to loosen up and enjoy the free laugh. Thanks SNL!!!

    December 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. TenLou

    I like Alec Baldwin most of the time but he should have to play by the rules like everybody else. Maybe he should admit he was wrong and move on.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Maximus

    Hey Alec, it wasn't funny and you are still a d0uche bag

    December 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Laura

    The amount of hatred spewed on here in the comments is *ridiculous*.

    December 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  70. WisdomVS

    A jerk is a jerk, no matter what flight he is on!

    December 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  71. elizabeth

    Now come on everyone. Dont tell me that you expect Alec Baldwin to act like anything but a self absorbed boob! Funny sometimes but still a boob! We keep putting celebrities on a higher plane and treat them like they are the end all and expect them to act like normal people. Doesnt work that way.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  72. woodrow

    Baldwin got kicked off a plane for playing speak-n-spell. His parents should pay a fine.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Seanster77

    It would be so funny if Alec was smart enough to fly a plane, and he was on his celphone and it caused him to slam into the ground as a ball of flames making a great video to pass around the internet so we can laugh AT him. But he is too stupid to ever learn what it takes to fly. Like his commerncial he thinks he can "because he has played a pilot". Moron

    December 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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  75. john

    baldwin,i think i stepped on him at a ranch,amongst the cows!

    December 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bill, NY

    Baldwin is a certified USDA AAA beef A**hole

    December 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  77. john

    i posted my comment,but didn't get posted! now who's worse,him or the people writing the article!

    December 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  78. m. fitzgerald

    Baldwin probably got [paid to do it. Word with friends went on the nyse the day after I dislike him but he is one smart cookie cookie, Wen are the idiot for watching him,

    December 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Sunny

    I think he is wrong here. Everyone else must follow the rules and turn off their cell phone when flying, what makes him above the law? Remember when that old man slapped the teenager for not turning his cell off during the flight…that story made headlines and most people sided with the old man. Maybe Alec needs a slap.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  80. e-wood

    He's funny...But some entertainers fell they are special... so the get a little sensitive and pensive..Maybe Seth could give him a hug..

    December 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Erik

    Let's get serious, folks. If turning on a cell phone can really cause problems with an airplane, then there is something wrong with the airplane! Sure, maybe Baldwin acted like a jerk during the incident, but the incident was due to stupidity in the airline industry itself.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Summer

      So they just ask for fun, right? Just to make people angry? You're an idiot. That is what is wrong with this country. No one wants to follow the rules. And when you have idiots like this provoking it, it makes others think they are ok to do so.

      December 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      "So they just ask for fun, right? Just to make people angry? You're an idiot."
      No they don't ask for fun. It has nothing to do with interfering with the planes controls, but more to do with people not on electronic devices during take off and landing (when most accidents occur). And I got this info from my sister in law who was a flight attendant for over 5 years.
      A majority of people don't turn off their phones and it doesn't affect anything. I just put mine in my pocket and put it on airplane mode during the flight.

      December 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Its really not a matter of the electronic device, but rather the fact that he continually failed to follow a crew members instruction. If he cannot follow the simple request of turning off an electronic device, how does the crew know if he will follow there instructions in the event of an emergency...

      December 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  82. The Måd Råp3r

    You should bring tardbaby deluxe out of retirement.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  83. ak2k

    Alec Baldwin is comedy gold!! That does not excuse him from following the rules, regardless of their merit. But I'm all for taking advantage of any situation as a way to make people laugh...within reason of course (don't want to make light of civil liberties, etc.) Alec – I luv ya like a brother from another mother, but please consider the people around you before making decisions like that.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mikecmu1982

    I really respect him for not turning it off. I am always livid when I have to turn off my ipod, and back in the 90s my discman. Between the fact that the airlines notoriously price discriminate, have the worst customer service (moreso than telecomm), and still cannot run profitable businesses will never make me side with them.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  85. f-man

    I think he's really funny on 30-rock and I agree with his politics. But his plane antics were way over the top and he deserves to be slammed for it.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kasey

    Alec Baldwin is a useless tool. And he's not funny. He really THINKS he's funny, he probably tries to be funny, but he's just an idiot with a huge ego and a beer gut. Wouldn't really be missed if he dropped off the planet.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Nancy

    He is far from a "national treasure" ; more like the national boob! He's an idiot and a loose cannon!!

    December 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Paul

    He does hit a point though. Why can the airlines sell WiFi, yet we can't have our phone on unless it's in airplane mode? Of course we can pay them for "their" WiFi! Why doesn't that interfere with the planes operation?

    December 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • flyer

      Paul, I hope you realize that on-aircraft wifi is tested to guarantee that there is no possible interference with the aircraft's systems before it can be certified/approved for use, either by the flight crew (as authorized for mission accomplishment) or by the paying passengers. Your phone probably has not been tested on an aircraft to guarantee your safety.

      December 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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  90. jake


    December 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  91. LK2

    Is there ANYTHING he doesn't abuse? First his wife, then his kid and now the airlines? It was a simple request, and because of a stupid game, he made headlines. I can not stand him. He's an abuser to the women in his life, and to those in the public. He's nothing but an ass.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  92. nerp

    Yeeeeeaaah. He's a tool. A funny-ass tool, though!

    December 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Sunnysout

    I loved it! celebs need to do as they are told, just like everyone else on the plane, but it does make you wonder- what if someone was sitting there with their device still on but not visible? Are planes really going to fall from the sky or have their GPS messed up if someone doesn't turn off their Kindle? Are we really flying on aircrafts that rely on everyone doing as they are told? I personally believe this is a better safe than sorry protocol, and if it were so dire, then maybe we need better technology.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • LK2

      You said:
      Are we really flying on aircrafts that rely on everyone doing as they are told?

      YES! Are they suppose to let passengers do everything and anything they want to do? If that's what you think, then let's lift the guns law, and let them bring guns on boards, or any weapons for that matter! Rules are rules for a reason, and while it may seem trivial to you, it means something to the airlines. And for Alec to carry on like he should be exempt from rules because of his status, then he should have been fined in addition to being kicked off. If you or I had done what he did, we would have been! But I digress.

      Yes, you're darn tootin' he should do what he's told!

      December 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  94. JA May

    While he was doing this (SNL) American Airlines was giving families & children of our fallen soldiers a very nice weekend in Dallas. What a wonderful thing this is for the children of our fallen heroes. We saw this first hand as members of the Patriot Guard Riders helped to send one fortunate family off last Friday. Thank you, American Airlines, for doing this every year. For info, check it out.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Doug

    Alec Baldwin is an insufferable ass. Like most of his fellow Hollywood cronies, he thinks he's too good to have to play by the rules. I wish they had waited until they reached 30,000 feet before they tossed him off the plane.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Phyllis

    Is it just my imagination or does he sound and look a lot like Dr. Phil?

    December 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Carlie

    The worst thing we can do is give this guy anymore attention than he's already gotten for bad behavior. All passengers were asked to put their electronic devices away and prepare for takeoff. So, PUT YOUR DAMNED DEVICE AWAY LIKE YOU WERE ASKED TO. We need to stop giving attention to people that are making poor choices and start paying more recognition to those who truly make a positive change in this world. It's like when your child has a temper tantrum. You don't give in to it. You are to walk away, not speak, look, or touch the child as that gives them attention. Attention is why they behaved poorly to begin with. Whether bad or good, they got your attention. Well, we need to reward the good and ignore the bad. If Mr. Baldwin wanted to act like a child, I'd have taken his electronic game until the end of the flight. If you want to act like a child, you'll be treated as such. Enough said.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  98. mn

    Juvenile bully.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  99. woody

    No wonder even his own daughter thinks he's an idiot too, what a loser.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Reality Check

    Do you really think there aren't numerous phones and other electronic devices that are left on in peoples pockets, carry-on luggage etc. on any given flight? Plus, many of these devices don't totally shut down when you power them off. My phone for instance continued to play the music I was listening to after I powered the phone down. If it was really an issue, I think planes would be falling from the sky daily.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  101. awdam

    I hope his next flight ends in a fiery crash!

    December 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      Really Awdam? That is pretty harsh considering it wouldn't be only Alec's flight that ends in a fiery crash...

      December 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • awdam

      @Terri, you're right. I hope you're on the plane too, sitting in his lap for a $5.

      December 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cookie

      Oh and will you be flying these planes? you T3rrorist.

      December 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babiyaga

      LOL @cookie. I had the same thought. someone alert National Security, awdam is planning a jacking... and not just the one he does with a warm towel in the toilet.

      December 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jingly Balls

      @awdam- sounds like someone is a bit bitter or someit. I mean, check yourself mate. A bit dramatic innit? Pity you think others have to crash and burn because you and alec are both idiotic chavs, ya?

      December 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  102. pmn

    I think Alec Baldwin is extremely funny. I do not agree with his politics but respect his views as well as anyone elses. He was trying to make light of the situation on SNL. However, I have to agree with him it is not the first time AA had delayed flights. I have avoided flying on AA for at least 16 years and only flew once because the rate was so good. I really just do not have any sympathy for AA except for the passengers. AA is rude including the ticket agents and stewardess. However, Alec was wrong and should have put his phone a way as it a FAA rule of any electronic device. Irregardless of who he is should follow the rules like everyone else. Just because he is star does not make any more special than anyone else. Follow the rules Alec!

    December 12, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  103. gara56

    Some people (like what was recently mentioned on the View) will laugh and say that Baldwin was just making fun of himself but this guy just isn't that type of person. He found a forum willing to support his continued rant against an airline that wasn't willing to allow him to break the rules. Imagine if a non-famous person would have done the same thing. Yes, the skit was funny but I'm sure the airline and FAA didn't find it to be so. I'm sure Baldwin speaks for the many elitist and many travelers what they think about the rules.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  104. urMom'sBox

    Alec continues to demonstrate that he's a worthless POS

    December 12, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  105. qdwootie

    Alec probably got paid big money by "words with friends" to create such a big publicity stunt. Probably the only reason that he was flying commercial.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  106. jason83

    You all watch, now American Airlines will file a lawsuit against Alec Baldwin.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  107. Justice

    Alec Baldwin is a total POS. Not only does he cause a disturbance on an airplane, but is also a supporter of the cop-killer Wesley Cook, AKA Mumia Abu-Jamal. As far as I'm concerned anyone who lends their support to this waste of oxygen deserves to rot along with him.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  108. Lewis

    I saw that skit and it was funny. With that ego, he will never be alone.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  109. Timme62

    Dang, remember when Alec use to be somewhat hot looking....

    December 12, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  110. Art Vandolay

    Wow, he again uses the media in an obvious and feeble attempt to laugh this off. This dude needs to get on Prozac and fast, or double up on the dose! Wish SNL would stop treating this guy as a regular on the show. I'm sick of Baldwin. -Art

    December 12, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  111. Kimmy D

    He needs to grow up and quit being such a baby. Just because he has appeared in TV shows and movies, it does not mean he's exempt from following rules and instructions that the rest of us have to adhere to.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  112. qdwootie

    Alec Baldwin is smart enough to know that the only reason that airlines make you turn off electronic devices at takeoff and landing is because they would all have to be proven by the FAA not to cause interference with the airplane's systems. Now just imagine the cost of testing each and every electronic device out there, not to mention the thousands of new devices made each year, against each and every airplane system on each and every type of airplane used by airlines, to ensure compatibility. Thank our litigious society. It is so much easier and cost effective to tell folks to turn them off, Alec should have been sneakier, and the stewardess did over-react.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • flyer

      Litigious society or not, you are correct about the extensive safety testing that would be required for every type of personal transmitting device versus each aircraft's communications, navigation, and flight control computers. That testing would be too costly to the manufacturers of both the aircraft and the personal devices. The reason for turning the personal devices off before the aircraft leaves the gate is that the aircraft equipment is in use for preflight safety checks and other preparations. One person's device may not be a problem, but a plethora of devices in a full plane may pose a higher risk to safe operations. Mr. Baldwin was/is a selfish fool, as is anyone who sympathizes with him and does not comply with these simple safety steps. BTW, I appreciate Mr. Baldwin's comic/dramatic chops, but he is an idiot on this at least!

      December 12, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • msk

      I recall seeing a program wherein it was proven that some electronic gadgets do interfere with aircraft controls. Frankly, if I were on that flight, I would be furious about anyone jeopardizing my safety. Even if it is not all gadgets on all flights, is it so difficult for everyone to comply for such a short time? And let's think about the skills it takes to fly and land the planes and show some respect. And if you think this is new, remember the adage about when in Rome; if you don't like the restrictions, don't fly. If you fly, have some respect for others on the flight and for those who are responsible for everyone's safety. The fact that SNL would make light of this is deplorable.

      December 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      Sorry, but no. The only reason they have you turn off electric devices is b/c most accidents happen during take off and landing. They don't want someone one there phone, IPod, watching a movie, etc instead of paying attention to what's going on around them.

      December 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mejazzbo

      What makes you think Alex Baldwin is smart enough to know your explanation when Captain Steve Rogers wasn't even able to express that bit of tech. Qdwootie, maybe you should leave some things to the pros! Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? Alex Baldwin might suggests some Schweddy Balls...

      December 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  113. mejazzbo

    Captain Steve is one funny freakin' guy!

    December 12, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  114. Steve-O

    I saw it and it was (schweddy) balls-y and hilarious. Baldwin is still a tool, tho'.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  115. Eric aka NJ Native

    "Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure"....Nah....just kidding, he's an American spoiled child who needs a time-out. Alec, get a life. Playing on your phone, Really? ...... Next

    December 12, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  116. YZFMike

    He made a good point, would you take an airplane if any idiot with a smart phone can bring it down.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      And not only that, but the plane was still at the gate. There's not even a rule that says devices need to be off that soon.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • MIKE is a TOOL

      Mike obviously you don't fly much. The policy is when the door gets shut and locked the electronics get turned off. No it probably doesn't effect the plane but it is the rule and if he doesn't like it he can always choose not to fly.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  117. marragor


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  118. carolae

    I just happened to see the clip on the news and thought, as usual, Baldwin can deliver a laugh....he really has a knack and talent in the way he delivers his lines. I know it was overkill in what he did but believe me, these video games can be addictive! He needs to be back on TV again in a comedy.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  119. Marie

    The guy is an idot! All these actors think they are Gods gift to the world. Remember what he did to his own "DAUGHTER.'

    December 12, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Yelled at her for being irresponsible, if I recall. He's probably pretty stern about that kind of thing, and afraid she'll make the same mistakes he did (and does). Can't fault him for that. His ex-wife, on the other hand, made it all public. She's a nutcase.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • joni

      Yes Marie. I agree ! He has no respect for anyone, especially his own daughter, his ex-wife, and most of all... passengers on the plane with him. He should have been kicked off that flight.
      Who does he think he is , anyway? He's a NO BODY! Why would SNL even bother to have him on their show? I think SNL has gotten disgusting over the years. It used to be a great show, with funny skits. Now , it's just a put-down show, making fun of everybody and everything.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  120. Not Special

    Alec Baldwin is special. People who work for an airline are not – they are normal peon type people who would be well advised to know thier place. If you think you are a special and important person, you are probably wrong. Stop listening to your ego and accept your station in life. Sorry but it's true – there is nothing important about you.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • YouareCRAZY

      "Special" people don't fly commercial.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • G. Collins

      "Not Special" - The next time you're flying in an airliner on a dark and stormy night you better hope someone a bit more "special" than Alec Baldwin is at the controls.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Alec Baldwin is NOT special. I'd like to see him land a plane ON THE HUDSON and have everyone on the plane survive. Baldwin is an over-the-hill brat who is using his noteriety to throw a tantrum over being told not to play with his toys.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Elle

      Hmmm....are you perhaps related to the jerk? There are millions and millions of people who are more special than that certified nutcase....apparently you are as well!!

      December 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      .. I smell a troll posting 🙂

      December 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      None of you geniuses commenting on Not Special's post get that he's being arch, making fun of the absurdity of our celebrity worship and celebrity self worship.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JimboJones

      @ John: Sarcasm is above the heads of 95% of the sheep who bother to post responses here. I know you know this because you pointed it out so well. Sarcasm: an unappreciated and nearly lost art form.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  121. Chris

    I think it's hillarious. Makes for a good news story too.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  122. Jo

    I'm sick of celebrities using these tyoes of outlets to excuse their bad behavior. Ordinary folks don't get this opportunity. He probably paid a PR person buckets of money to "rebuild" his good -guy image after behaving like a spoiled child. Didn't like him before, I like him even less now.

    December 12, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Ordinary folks wouldn't have the original story printed across the media, either. It's not clear what you're whining about.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      I agree with Jo. This winey excuse for an entertainer screwed up, put a happy spin on it and now despite the efforts of pilots and cabin crews al over the world, seems to have come out ahead. He should be fined and or jailed, like the rest of us would have been. What maked him so special?

      December 12, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • terri

      I agree! What a jerk Alec Baldwin is. He is plain rude and disgusting. He makes a joke out of all this? If I had been on that plane, and been delayed and missed my next flight, I would have been so MAD.
      People like Alec Baldwin have no respect for others. he's a "big shot" and thinks he doesn't have to follow the rules.
      Remember the way he yelled at his daughter on the phone that time? What an idiot.
      Shame on SNL, for even putting him on there!!!

      December 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • wow, you get unhappy easily

      you certainly are that person that honks their horn right after the traffic signal changes

      Baldwin is a pain in the ass, but also is talented

      His behavior was poor, but really anything more is simply YOUR problem

      December 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another opinion

      While I understand where Jo is coming from with his/her comments, Mike's comments regarding having this become a tabloid media frenzy is true. From the articles I've read and from Mr. Baldwin's own comments, it seems he was not the only one that continued to disregard the request to shut their electronics off. Should he have listened and shut off his phone, yes. Should the airline attendant/s also enforced this request and removed everyone else who did not shut off their electronics, yes. But my guess is that would have left them with a less than full plane. Sounds like there was enough wrong to go around on all sides no reason to castigate any one person.

      December 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Observer

    Baldwin is a liberal stooge. He's lucky he didn't wind up arrested.


    December 12, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      No, he's just liberal. "Stooge" would imply that he's paid to be so. Don't hate just because the right wing is full of unlikable personalities.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Dustcatcher

      Alec Baldwin is an entertainer and he is usually funny. Concerning this fiasco on the American Airlines flight he was a Smart Alec not being funny nor intelligent in his behavior.

      December 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Manhattan KS

      Don't like him, not making excuses for him, but you calling him a liberal means that you put him at least 100 points higher IQ than you have. I wouldn't go that far. Why do Republicans think liberal is a dirty word? Oh, sorry, forgot about the lower intelligence!

      December 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denny

      Alex is one of the most me first people in the industry
      wish we could all just ignore any show he is in

      December 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Ladd

      Yeah he even had on the wrong uniform for a captian! His sleaves only had three strips not four for a captian...

      December 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      Alec Baldwin is a belligerent overpaid bully, who get away with a lot because of his position, wealth, and contacts. His shameful brow beating of his young daughter, who he called a PIG, is just one example of what a creep this guy is. His supporters and fans try to down play his obnoxious behavior, but in reality, Baldwin is nothing more than the turd in a punch bowl.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Sherman

      I think Alec is onto something. If he created a special link or blog that elicits consumer frustrations over shoddy service, rude treatment by employees from hotels, trains, taxicabs, emergency rooms, and how about receptionists from state hospitals, computer service advisors, and license plate renewal staff. There would be a ton a literal ton of messages, and it could be a new beginning of fighting-back-the-SNL-way.

      December 13, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Ground Zero

      Better to be a liberal stooge, than a conservative moron.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • KZ

      Alec Baldwin should have been treated like any other citizen that did not follow flight crew instructions...arrested. His behavior is not only bad – but out of bounds of the law. American did him a favor by simply returning to the gate and denying him boarding. He should have done the "smart" thing and apologized to the airline, crew and for all the trouble and time he cost passengers on board. Hopefully, American will "get smart" and deny this individual from traveling with them ever again.

      December 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |

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