In a piece for the Huffington Post, Baldwin apologized to the passengers of the flight he was removed from at LAX Tuesday: “It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my ‘issue’ with a certain flight attendant.”
But the actor’s note is really a lament on what he describes as modern air travel’s lack of “common sense, style, and service.”
Baldwin believes he was singled out for using his phone at the gate, he writes. The actor admits the female flight attendant, who he said used “the most unpleasant of tones,” “did get the better of me.”
In a statement, American Airlines claimed Baldwin was removed from the flight after he refused to turn off his cell phone, slammed a bathroom door and “was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language.”
Baldwin said on Twitter he was playing the Scrabble-like app, Words With Friends, before he was kicked off the plane. Any mention of the game was notably absent from his Huffington Post note.
Baldwin goes on to partially blame what he sees as the deterioration of service on U.S. carriers on post-9/11 airline rules.
“September 11th was a horrific day in the airline industry, yet in the wake of that event, I believe carriers and airports have used that as an excuse to make the air travel experience as inelegant as possible,” Baldwin writes.
He also blames the decrease in service on flight attendants “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.”