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Alec Baldwin apologizes to passengers, snubs American Airlines

On Wednesday, actor Alec Baldwin issued an apology to passengers for further delaying a flight he was booted off.
December 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Alec Baldwin had no comment when he arrived in New York Tuesday night after he was booted off an American Airlines flight. On Wednesday, however, he issued an apology on the Huffington Post.

"I would like to apologize to the other passengers onboard the American Airlines flight that I was thrown off of yesterday," he said. "It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my 'issue' with a certain flight attendant."

Baldwin didn't apologize to the airline or the flight attendant involved.

American Airlines turned to Facebook to explain why Baldwin was kicked off a plane at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday.

American Airlines says the cockpit crew became alarmed when the actor took his cellphone into the plane's lavatory. They say Baldwin was rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. "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 wrote on its Facebook wall, alluding to Baldwin.

However, a representative for Baldwin said Wednesday that the "30 Rock" star was singled out when he was kicked off the flight. The spokesman said other passengers were also using handheld devices at the time.

Baldwin was playing "Words With Friends" on his smartphone, a game similar to Scrabble, while the plane sat at the gate.

Some passengers called Baldwin's actions inconsiderate.

"He was very rude, caused us to be delayed, not very considerate," said one passenger. "Just not a very unselfish man."

The heated exchange was also witnessed by boxing champ Oscar de la Hoya.

"I actually felt Alec Baldwin was turning off his devices ," de la Hoya said. "He just got a little angry."

After boarding another flight, the actor used the aircraft's Wi-Fi to launch an online tirade.

In his tweet, Baldwin mocked American Airlines, saying the airline was a place where "retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants.

He addressed that in his apology as well.

"The lesson I've learned is to keep my phone off when the 1950's gym teacher is on duty," Baldwin wrote.

Baldwin's Twitter account was deactivated and all of his previous posts were removed, according to his spokesman, so the actor can concentrate on "30 Rock."


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