Alec Baldwin Apologizes to Passengers, Not American Airlines

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By Shari Weiss


Alec Baldwin has offered a written apology to his “fellow travelers” for an incident on Tuesday onboard an American Airlines flight, but he still maintains he wasn’t in the wrong. Nor does Baldwin, who was removed from the plane, say he’s sorry to American Airlines, which earlier in the day blasted him for being “rude.”

According to a letter Baldwin published on Wednesday’s Huffington Post, “While other people were still manipulating their own phones, this one employee singled me out to put my phone away.” Baldwin says he initially obliged, but took out his phone again, as other passengers did, while the plane remained delayed at the gate.

“Again, I was singled out by this woman in the most unpleasant of tones,” he claims. “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.” The actor, noting he’s never had a problem on past flights or with any other American Airlines attendant, admits he learned “a valuable lesson. The lesson I’ve learned is to keep my phone off when the 1950’s gym teacher is on duty,” he writes.

Still unapologetic to the airline, Baldwin says, “Most of the flight attendants I have ever encountered still have some remnant of the old idea of service… But there are many now who walk the aisles of an airplane with a whistle around their neck and a clipboard in their hands and they have made flying a Greyhound bus experience.” What do you think of Baldwin’s “apology”?

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