Thank goodness American Airlines has a Facebook page.
Not only will it be ideal to give shareholders bankruptcy updates, but it gives the air carrier a forum to express its displeasure with ex-passsenger Alec Baldwin after the "30 Rock" star complained that he had been booted from a flight for playing "Words with Friends" on his phone as his plane was about to depart L.A.
Without naming Baldwin, who outed himself, American posted that an "extremely vocal customer" declined to turn off his phone when asked by a flight attendant.
The customer then stood up "with the seat belt light still on for departure" and took his phone into a restroom, the company said.
The "Mile High Wi-Fi Club"?
"He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked," the airline's post said.
Baldwin, American said, was also rude.
"He loves 'Words with Friends' so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it," Baldwin's spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, joked.
Baldwin later tweeted that American Airlines is "where Catholic-school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants."
Welcome to the Hall
Guns N' Roses, best known for hits like "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "November Rain," will lead the 2012 class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, April 14 in Cleveland. Also making the cut are the Beastie Boys; the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro; Donovan; and influential British rock group the Small Faces/the Faces, which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.
Other inductees are Freddie King for early influence; rock promoter Don Kirshner, who died earlier this year, as winner of the Ahmet Ertegun award; and Tom Dowd, Glyn Johns and Cosimo Matssa, who will be honored for musical excellence.
The Hall passed on Donna Summer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Eric B. & Rakim, War, the Cure and the Spinners.
* Billboard.com reports that Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May have begun discussions with Adam Lambert to front the band in concert.
The former "American Idol" star sang with Taylor and May at the MTV Europe Awards on Nov. 6.
"He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great," Taylor told Billboard in L.A. while finalizing the picks for his authorized tribute band for a Queen Extravaganza tour. "We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but we're talking about live dates. It could be very exciting."
* Now that every model is a supermodel, the term "super group" has also lost all meaning. The Associated Press, in announcing a rare performance by Yukon Kornelius, has branded them a "rock super group."
Not saying they're not all great, but Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard, Barenaked Ladies lead Ed Robertson, Guster lead Adam Gardner and Spymob drummer Eric Fawcett do not a super group make.
* It's really messed up when the political world makes less sense than the celebrity world.
Take South Carolina. Please.
Stephen Colbert has offered the state's Republican presidential primary more than $100,000 to name the contest the "The Colbert Nation Super PAC Presidential Primary."
Even though the state GOP needs to raise $800,000 to host the primary, officials rejected Colbert's offer.
The crazy part? They actually met with him about the offer.
- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.