Alec Baldwin is apologizing to his fellow passengers for his headline-grabbing encounter with an American Airlines flight crew on Tuesday, although it doesn't appear he'll be flying the airline again anytime soon.
In a lengthy missive posted on "The Huffington Post," the "30 Rock" star bids farewell to "Common Sense, Style, and Service on American Airlines" while revisiting the incident that led to his removal from a carrier in Los Angeles.
Baldwin says he was told in "the most unpleasant of tones" to turn off his cell phone and believes he was singled out to be made an example of.
He admits the flight attendant's tone did get the better of him, but says the airline's level of service is also to blame.
Baldwin writes, "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." He says the lesson he has learned is to keep his phone off, "when the 1950s gym teacher is on duty."
American Airlines defended its actions in an earlier statement.
The airline said the passenger who publicly identified himself as being removed from its carrier was "extremely rude" and used "inappropriate names" and "offensive language" when he was approached by the flight crew.
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