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Alec Baldwin urges flyers to switch off phones after airline fiasco

January 26, 2012 - Washington

Alec Baldwin, who was famously booted from an American Airlines (AA) plane last December, has advised flyers to ensure they turn off their cell phones when they board a plane to avoid a repeat of the incident that took place with him.

The 53-year-old actor was kicked off from the AA plane after he disobeyed the cabin crew's orders to turn off his phone while he was playing a game.

The dispute sparked a war of words between Baldwin and AA staff, who wanted the actor banned from all of the company's flights.

The '30 Rock' star made matters worse when he appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' and made a mockery of the incident, and he has now called on fans to turn off their phones while flying to make sure they don't suffer a similar experience.

"My advice to people is, when you get on a plane, turn off your phone. Try with all your might and your strength and your resolve," Contactmusic quoted him as saying on CNN's Piers Morgan.

"You don't want happening what happened to me... I was on a plane and then someone decided to impose all those rules and we were going to have a very Soviet level enforcement of the rules if you will, in an instant,"

"It was done very brutally, this woman was very harsh and snappy. And I reacted badly to that. And I was very, very upset and was asked to get off the plane and get on another plane.

"And I'm aware that everybody thinks these rules when you're on the ground, or especially at the gate, are stupid and inane, it's still something you have to deal with. Just turn your phone off when you're in-flight," he added.


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