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Alec Baldwin Apologizes to Passengers on American Airlines Flight

David McAlpine |
December 8, 2011 | 2:17 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

His Twitter may be gone, but Alec Baldwin is still making turbulence after he was kicked off an American Airlines flight by a flight attendant for refusing to stop playing Words with Friends on his iPhone.

In a blog post on the Huffington Post, Baldwin apologized to the passengers of the plane he was on--not the airlines or the flight attendant--saying that he never intended to inconvenience any of the passengers.

From The Huffington Post:

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. 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.

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.

But the shots didn't end there. Later, Baldwin goes on to compare the poor service he described on domestic airlines after 9/11 to "a Greyhound bus experience."

Though the thought doesn't continue, Greyhound representatives didn't take kindly to his comment.

From the Atlanta Constitution-Journal:

A Greyhound representative responded Thursday, “I don’t know why he’s mentioning Greyhound, but we take pride in our safe and enjoyable service.”

The representative added, “I don’t know if he’s ever been on one of our buses [it doesn’t sound like it], but there are about 17.6 million people who travel with us every year who I’m sure wouldn’t share [his] feelings.”

Baldwin's representatives still have yet to comment about the future of his much-followed Twitter page.



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