Originally written on Mashable  |  Last updated 11/20/14

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Actor Alec Baldwin attends the Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark vs Melanie Oudin of the United States match during day ten of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Friends, word-wranglers, trash-talking letter-tray fiends, lend me your virtual ears. I come to praise a new and powerful spokesman for our tribe of Words With Friends addicts: actor Alec Baldwin. You may already have seen the news that Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight at LAX because, according to his tweets, he refused to stop playing Words With Friends while the plane waited an interminable age at the gate. I’m not trying to defend Baldwin’s celebrity-fueled level of outrage — which, according to a statement posted to American Airlines’ Facebook page, included retreating to play in the toilet and slamming the door behind him. Nor do I want to get into the debate over whether federal regulations should allow us to use our electronic devices in a parked vehicle. No, for those of us addicted to the same game, something else is happening here: a quiet nod of understanding. Yes, we’ve been there — in some situation where that gentle trill, the unmistakable and t...
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