Zynga : "Let Alec Play"

Zynga : "Let Alec Play"

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Zynga shows their support of veteran actor Alec Baldwin, after an angry strop over a game of Words With Friends got him kicked off an American Airlines flight.

The story thus far: Alec Baldwin was quite happily sitting on a plane enjoying a game of Words With Friends when an air stewardess asked him to switch his phone off for takeoff. Baldwin, incensed at having his game interrupted, expressed his displeasure by shouting and slamming doors until the airline staff decided enough was enough and kicked him off the plane.

"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving," he tweeted. Later, he added "Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants." Shortly thereafter his Twitter account was deactivated.

Baldwin has since apologised for the outburst, but did add that other passengers were using their phones during takeoff. "He loves 'Words with Friends' so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it," joked his spokesman.

When quieried, Zyanga, the developers responsible Words With Friends, responded with image to the right.

While the idea that using your phone, laptop or DS during take off will cause the plane to come hurtling back to earth in a terrifying fireball has been dismissed as an urban myth, the Federal Aviation Administration still it takes it very seriously. Airlines caught ignoring the policy - and yes, the FAA does check - can be given massive fines. That's why airlines insist you turn your phone off, it's not because they hate fun. Well, okay, maybe some of them do.

Source: Industry Gamers

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The FAA really has it's shit together these days huh?

That seems like a completely normal reaction. A stewardess asked me to turn my iPod off once, so I stabbed her in the belly and threw a baby at a mirror.

'Celebrity loses shit over game, Zynga in full support.'

Honestly, no matter what I read about that company it always comes across as damning...

Archemetis:
'Celebrity loses shit over game, Zynga in full support.'

Honestly, no matter what I read about that company it always comes across as damning...

Funnily enough, that was my original headline.

The thing that worries me was that his Twitter was deactivated shortly afterward...

I mean, we were already pretty aware that he's not a particularly pleasant person, but why was his Twitter punished for this?

(possibly punished by him, of course)

he shouldnt just be thrown out of the plane, he should be thrown out of flying plane. straight into insane asylum if possible....

ps is it wrong if i have no idea as to who that guy is? oO

I still think he was a dick about this. There's no other reason to not respect the rules for, what, 10 minutes?

This is all a big misunderstanding. The stewardess wasn't telling Alec Baldwin to turn his phone off; she was just trying to stop him from playing a Zynga game.

I for one salute her.

jonnosferatu:
The thing that worries me was that his Twitter was deactivated shortly afterward...

I mean, we were already pretty aware that he's not a particularly pleasant person, but why was his Twitter punished for this?

(possibly punished by him, of course)

Or he was going to get on it and say the kinds of things that make publicists drink, so it was preemptively axed.


Personally, I can't side with anyone who throws a tantrum over a stupid company policy, because I work for a company with a number of such stupid policies, and serve as the insulation between the people who make them and the people who scream about it. If it pisses you off, switch to another company. If it's something everyone does because of industry-wide regulations, then shut up and cope with not sucking on your Facebook teat for ten minutes.

Yes Zynga, throw your support behind the guy who reacted in a totally childish manner by throwing a tantrum when asked to turn his cell phone off. I mean geez, people complain about small children making flights miserable, what about these celebrities that throw tantrums at the drop of a hat? I mean ffs, Baldwin is a grown ass man who pitched a fit over having to pause his crossword puzzle game, and Zynga thinks it's a good idea to say he was in the right?

Reminds me of that Chapel Show segment "When Keepin' it real goes wrong."

KeyMaster45:
Baldwin is a grown ass man

Personally I think one of those words is inappropriate.

Not only was he not acting like a man, but I find it's a better summary of his behavior to leave "man" out.

Don't cellphones have a airplane mode? or is that just for shits and giggles...

Rules, standards, and societal norms... who needs 'em? Not Alec Baldwin, that's for sure.

[adds to the "never invite" list]

Vault boy Eddie:
Don't cellphones have a airplane mode? or is that just for shits and giggles...

They do, but they still require that you turn it off during take off and landing. Once you're up in the air at cruising altitude you can generally take it out and enjoy a game of peggle without catching any grief.

I dontk now if its acutally a good thing if Zynga does support you. you'd think you'd rather have them not, like if PETA supported you or smething.

Oh well. I can ionly say what i did when a friend told me this, which is Baldwin acted like a child so Im not surprised he was kicked off. Besides, we've all seen World Police, he was probably just mad he couldnt enact whatever evil north korean plan he was hatching.

All I can really say about this is that I really hope Baldwin was thrown out of the plane like one throws an unruly patron out of a bar. It's absolutely disgraceful that he can pull that shit and get away with it. Supporting him for that is just depressing. He acted like a child and was treated like a child. End of story.

Celebrity asked to do normal thing, acts like a douche--supported by game company.

This is bumping Nelson Mandela out of the history books.

Electromagnetic interference can disrupt the flight instruments of an aircraft.
Thing is though, the amount of interference needed to have any effect whatsoever is several thousand times more than a cellphone could possibly generate.
I'm not sure why they still cling to this myth.

I don't care what the NewYorkTimes says about the 'flight disruption through electronics' thing being debunked. It isn't. Not all electronics do it, but once in a lone while the signal through texting or such will mess with the radio signal to the tower (probably because the signal is going to a satellite and back). Make it hard for one to hear the other and such. It may not directly impede flying, but it can get damned well distracting for a pilot who needs important messages from his own people.

I mean, I have a hard enough time recording music in an audience because texting cellphones cause this loud screeching feedback on the microphone. Think of how distracting that would be for someone who's keeping people's lives in the air.

Now imagine some turd out there who's throwing a full-blown tantrum because he can't simply turn off his application and grab, say, a newspaper or Sudoku booklet to do his puzzles.

So basically, he acted like a five year old who was used to getting their own way all the time?

Nice. Remind me to not respect him or Zynga in the future.

I've never liked Alec Baldwin. And I commend the airline for doing what they did. He was asked to turn off the device, as they were preparing to take off, and he through a hissy-fit because "he's famous". I'll admit a little bias, as my mother works for American. But that doesn't change the fact that he got what he deserved.

And for anyone trying to defend his outbursts, well, here's this.

Disclaimer: This whole thing could be staged/fake/whatever. But as far as I know, it isn't and Mr. Baldwin is just a douche.

Honestly, what is he, four years old? *disgusted face*

Also, Zynga is apparently run by adolescent monkeys.

Sorry, Baldwin. If you're gonna fly with the "rest of us", you've gotta follow the rules like the "rest of us". You don't think some other people were enjoying their various favorite cell phone games too?

Yet another example of celebrity status going to someone's head.

And Zynga shows once again the outrageously defensive attitude of the gaming industry and culture. I don't care if he was acting that way over a game or even your game, there is no excuse for Baldwin's behavior. Plus, in this case it's not like anyone's blaming the game anyway, or stop playing it because Baldwin got all pissy over it. This is the opposite of what any sane dev would do.

Even airlines own employees have to follow these rules.

I mean, was it REALLY so difficult for him to turn his phone off, like every other rational human being, for 10 minutes?

"You don't understand. I'm Alec Baldwin. These rules only apply to inferior creatures like the rest of humanity."

I love how he calls out American Airlines for their policy... when EVERY airline has the exact same policy concerning phones during take-off and landings.

TL:DR - Douche acts like a douche, douche company support douche move...sensible people realize this

Grey Carter:

While the idea that using your phone, laptop or DS during take off will cause the plane to come hurtling back to earth in a terrifying fireball has been dismissed as an urban myth, the Federal Aviation Administration still it takes it very seriously. Airlines caught ignoring the policy - and yes, the FAA does check - can be given massive fines. That's why airlines insist you turn your phone off, it's not because they hate fun. Well, okay, maybe some of them do.

The NY Times article is missing significant information. The international rules for air safety, which the FAA enforce, state that you have to account for risks that can occur up to 12 million to 1 chance. You also have to prove that those risks to by research. NY Times can make all the assumptions it likes but it won't protect the Airline from a multibillion dollar class action lawsuit. You have to back those assumptions with peer reviewed facts. When you you are dealing risk in the order of 12 million to 1 that research is expensive and time consuming and would have to be done for each model of airliner in service. Its simpler, cheaper and safer for all concerned just turn of the phone.

Grey Carter:

Archemetis:
'Celebrity loses shit over game, Zynga in full support.'

Honestly, no matter what I read about that company it always comes across as damning...

Funnily enough, that was my original headline.

You could have also gone with "Company run by assholes gives support to other assholes".

Grey Carter:
When quieried, Zyanga, the developers responsible Words With Friends, responded with image to the right.

And wow... I would have just put the phone away until the stewardess left :P

He's Alec Baldwin.

Just wanted to make sure everyone was holding on to reasonable expectations here.

Vault boy Eddie:
Don't cellphones have a airplane mode? or is that just for shits and giggles...

Often they don't allow that either.

People need to turn off their phones & mobile equipment not because of the intervering with electronics. But because instructions are given about safety etc, electronics can only distract. They do not care if it's your first flight, your last flight or you 258th flight. Pay attention to the safety rules is just as much a rule as that you don't stab someone for saying "hi".

Alec throwing a fuss about not beeing able to play his game for (how long does it take?) 5-10 -15 minutes shows that some people are just not getting -why- some things must be done. And then he acts as childish as he did and got put off the plane. Rediculous...

 

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