Actor Mark Wahlberg has apologized for suggesting that the passengers onboard the flights hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, could have done more.
Wahlberg, who was scheduled to be on American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, told Men's Journal in their latest issue, "If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry.'"
The uproar was immediate. In Thursday's New York Post, Alice Hoagland, whose son was killed on United Flight 93 took Wahlberg to task, saying, "Mark Wahlberg has the luxury of knowing how the events of that morning unfolded. None of the innocent people aboard those flights had that luxury. The element of surprise was working against them, and it would've worked against Mark Wahlberg too, had he been a passenger or crew member."
Wahlberg was quick to apologize on Wednesday, saying in a statement, "To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible. I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive; it was certainly not my intention.
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