Alec Baldwin Apologizes To Passengers For Being Thrown Off Flight: [ send to a friend ]
Alec Baldwin is apologizing to his fellow American Airlines passengers for delaying the flight after, what he describes as, being "singled out" by a flight attendant.
"First off, I would like to apologize to the other passengers onboard the American Airlines flight that I was thrown off of yesterday. It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my 'issue' with a certain flight attendant," Baldwin begins in a post titled 'A farewell to common sense, style, and service'.
"My confusion began when the flight, already a half hour behind schedule, boarded, the door closed, and we proceeded to sit at the gate for another fifteen minutes," he explains. "I then did what I have nearly always done and that was to pull out my phone to complete any other messaging I had to do before take off."
"In nearly all other instances, the flight attendants seemed to be unbothered by and said nothing about such activity, by me or anyone else, until we actually were pulling away from the gate."
But what got under Baldwin's skin was that he was repeatedly told to put his phone away, while other passengers continued to use it without issue.
"In this case, while other people were still manipulating their own phones, this one employee singled me out to put my phone away. Afterward, we still sat at the gate. I pulled out my phone again, while others did the same."
"Again, I was singled out by this woman in the most unpleasant of tones. I guess the fact that this woman, who had decided to make some example of me, while everyone else was left undisturbed, did get the better of me.
Baldwin says "September 11th was a horrific day in the airline industry, yet in the wake of that event, I believe carriers and airports have used that as an excuse to make the air travel experience as inelegant as possible" and adds "they have made flying a Greyhound bus experience."
"The lesson I've learned is to keep my phone off when the 1950's gym teacher is on duty," he jokes. "That was my fault there, even though this trip was quite a bit different from so many others."
"But it is sad, I think, that you've got to fly overseas today in order to bring back what has been thrown overboard by US carriers in terms of common sense, style, and service. Again, my apology to my fellow travelers."
The '30 Rock' actor makes no reference to the fact that he was playing a game on his cell phone when the altercation began or that it was his slamming of the lavatory door in disgust that eventually led to being booted from the plane.