Alec Baldwin has apologized to his fellow American Airlines passengers, but he refused to apologize to the crew. Baldwin was escorted off of a plane this past Tuesday after refusing to stop playing Words With Friends on his mobile device. ?It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my ?issue? with a certain flight attendant,? wrote Baldwin on a Huffington Post article.
?Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIEN
DS while we sat at the gate, not moving,? wrote Baldwin on Twitter this past Tuesday. He also used the hashtag ?#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt?
Baldwin has been a loyal American Airlines passenger for over 2 decades. But he said the flight attendant singled him out and tried to make an example out of him. American Airlines told their side of the story on their Facebook Page and it said that Baldwin refused to turn his phone off when asked. Below is what American Airlines had to say:
Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter as well as the FAA regulations which American, and all airlines, must enforce. Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding. When the door is closed for departure and the seat belt light is turned on, all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off. This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time. The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane?s lavatory. He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked. They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation. The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.