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Alec Baldwin apologizes for American Airlines outburst

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This is our final word with friends about Alec Baldwin. Promise.

The irascible actor, whose tweets regarding some unpleasantness about an American Airlines flight were heard or at least retweed around the world, is apologizing. Sort of.

In a missive on the Huffington Post titled “My Flying Lesson,” Baldwin strikes a contrite tone from the start: “First off, I would like to apologize to the other passengers onboard the American Airlines flight that I was thrown off of yesterday. It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my “issue” with a certain flight attendant.”

He signs off with another apology to his fellow travelers, who were no doubt inconvenienced by the fracas.

In between his opening and closing statements, however, Baldwin gets in a few more jabs:

“It’s no secret that the level of service on U.S. carriers has deteriorated to a point that would make Howard Hughes red-faced. Filthy planes, barely edible meals, cuts in jet service to less-traveled locations. One of the big changes, in my time, is in the increase of the post-9/11, paramilitary bearing of much of the air travel business. September 11 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.”

So, there you go. Here’s the link to the blog post if you want to read the whole thing.

“Words With Alec” has become sort of an Internet meme. (Check the clever photo above from BetaBeat). He’s signed off Twitter for now. Anyone know what his WWF handle is?

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

47 comments Add your comment

Ron Burgundy

December 7th, 2011
8:21 pm

Another sterling report on the world of dbags and pirate hookers from Jennifer….AJC is lucky to have such fine reporters such her, diva and Mr.Ho.

Mitch Cumstein

December 7th, 2011
8:23 pm

I thought that doushe moved out of the country when George W. Bush was re-elected!
Delta is ready when you are, and make it one-way!

Airline Passanger

December 7th, 2011
8:30 pm

The rules apply to everyone, whether you like them or not. If you don’t follow the ruels, don’t fly. You act like a 4 year old often, talk about immature. Take some anger management classes please. And calling people names is not necessary.

Ron Burgundy

December 7th, 2011
8:43 pm

Thats right Alec…airlines WANT to make passengers miserable. Here’s a thought. Stop giving foreigners money to buy gold toilets and drill our own oil. Airlines would spend less on fuel and not cut back on frills.

kbb

December 7th, 2011
8:54 pm

Whats the over under on this post developing into a bash Obama session. I would say post 10?

Mike

December 7th, 2011
9:10 pm

kbb – you are correct – it will end up a bash Obama, bash GW Bush (it will somehow be both of their faults) or it will turn racial. At least you called it early.

alec is an ego maniac

December 7th, 2011
9:11 pm

When Baldwin was thrown off the plane, two seats opened up… the one he was sitting in, and the extra one he has to purchase to accommodate his over-sized ego.

Look before I Leap...

December 7th, 2011
9:27 pm

Yet no apology to the airline or the flight crew. Not much of an apology.
I see these self-entitled weenies on the planes every week. They are certain the rules don’t apply to them and have to be reminded multiple times to turn off their precious Blackberrys.

If I was running American Airlines, I’d ban Baldwin from flying and cancel his frequent flyer miles. Being a celebrity does not give one a right to get abusive to someone who is simply doing their job.

Bill

December 7th, 2011
9:33 pm

Easy solution – follow the directions of the flight attendent

Look before I Leap...

December 7th, 2011
9:33 pm

kbb 8:54P

You were off by 1 post. KimZ did it at post 9. I see that KimZ’s 4th grade education is coming into good use though.

To KimZ: Aside from the atrocious capitalizaton, it is “pantie waist” dear, Pantie waste would be the skidmarks in your underwear.

GUNGA DIN

December 7th, 2011
10:18 pm

too many people feel that they don’t have to follow the rules because they are special. it’s not just celebrities, either. just look at all the cars parked in fire zones at any grocery store.

Bart

December 7th, 2011
10:35 pm

Alex Baldwin ROCKS! If you disagree with him then you probably don’t fly.You got my vote for president.

Atlien052

December 7th, 2011
10:44 pm

Look before I Leap…

I had to laugh at KimZ’s pwnage of you.

(check the Urban Dictionary for that one!)

Look before I Leap...

December 7th, 2011
10:49 pm

@KimZ 10:38
But you did use capitalization, you just used it badly.
It is a sign of laziness confirmed by the actual content and tenor of your posts which proves to me you are a wing-nut RushHead who lacks the ability to self-derive an original idea.

Boywonder

December 7th, 2011
10:58 pm

Judging by the sentence composition and grammatical spelling errors, i’ll go out on a limb here and opine that not many of these posters fly ofter – or ever. Unless it was on ConAir.

Ahh..the joys of living in the reddest state in America.

Anyone who flys regularly knows very well how outrageously obnoxious and passive-aggrssive these mall-cop/stewardesses (My bad – I mean flight attendants! – P.I.C term) can be.

As Mr. Baldwin alludes to, these people have taken the post 9/11 experience as a reason to share by extension their miserable existances with their customers.

Most of them are insufferable, and are miserably bitching and moaning about their new lot in the post-bankruptcy of – fill in airline name here.

That, and like all typical small minded mall cops, when given a little bit of power and authority, it corrupts and they excercise it without discretion or limits.

Even most of the TSa mall cop / professional wand wavers behave more professionally – and techincally, the flier isn’t their customer.
You would think the airlines would consider their customers – instead of looking at them as so much cargo to be exploited with a never ending stream of gotchya fees.

I deal with their surly passive-aggressive attitudes weekly, and know that on any given moment, you are only one bad look, or comment away from being termed a “unruly or disruptive passenger”.

And I ask – how dangerous could Alec Baldwin been if the exact same airline, booked him on the very next flight leaving LA?
Does that sound like someone who poses a clear and present danger to the flight or that airline?
No – this is some nitwit excercising her newly found power and feeding a broken ego.

Lastly – there is a hint of class warfare here as well.
I’m betting Mr. Baldwin was in Business Class, and I have personally witnessed the resentful attitudes from the attendants serving their first-class section customers.
It’s as if they secretly resent the loyalty or premium customer.

But hey – it was American Airlines.
No wonder they’re C11.

Look before I Leap...

December 7th, 2011
11:12 pm

@Kim 10:54
It is indeed improper.
I do it because I want to emphasize the difference between the capital “I” and the lower case “L”.

By the way, this blog has swallowed 3 of my posts where I clarify the “pantie waste” comment (I think because my cut and paste includes HTML content)

Urban Dictionary has the following definition (under “panty waist”, and yes I erred by using “pantie”)

1. Panty waist
A sissy

A much more legitimate source, Merriam-Webster references “pantywaist”

Definition of PANTYWAIST
1 : a child’s garment consisting of short pants buttoned to a waist
2 :SISSY

Look before I Leap...

December 7th, 2011
11:29 pm

@Boywonder 10:58P

My experience is 180 degress opposite yours. I am a 2 million miler with Delta and fly over 175K miles/yr on average. I find most of the F/As to be friendly and professional. When I have witnessed a confrontation on board an airplane (and there have been more than a few), it is almost inevitably the passenger who becomes rude and obnoxious.

The most common reasons are:
The PAX is;
Drunk
Clueless (Doesn’t know, doesn’t understand)
Feeling self-entitled (Doesn’t care or feels rules don’t apply to him/her)

In the roughly 5,000 flights I have taken in the past 20 years, I can count on less than one hand where I thought a F/A was out of line.

Look before I Leap...

December 7th, 2011
11:34 pm

@Atlien052 10:44P

Check the almighty Urban Dictionary for “panty waist”
Then tell me if you are still laughing.

TH

December 7th, 2011
11:37 pm

You know everyone wants to sit on here and constantly complain about the attendants. Remember this… they have protocols to follow just as you do at your job. They make announcements when it’s time for you to do this or that. Stop being dumb Americans and follow simple rules people. The really sad part about it is that most of you are raising children I can only imagine what they will turn out like.

Atlien052

December 8th, 2011
12:01 am

LbIL,

I never said you were wrong, but it seems obvious that KimZ was definitely NOT (caps intended) wrong and your attempt to discredit her only highlighted your own ignorance. Quit being such a keyboard warrior and admit you were wrong.

Diver_C

December 8th, 2011
2:15 am

I agree with Alec. The Government, airlines and TSA have over-used the 9/11 excuse, and frequently common sense is ignored. For example, there is lots of evidence cell phones have absolutely no negative effects upon planes, and if a plane isn’t even moving… why should anyone even care if someone is playing on their phone? Also, all professions have jerks in them; airlines are no different. Rules can be enforced without being a jerk. And then there are rules which seems to be randomly applied, which is maddening. Foreign airlines do treat their passengers better than US airlines. Finally, first class passengers are airline cash cows, so no airline wants to lose them. I only fly when necessary; luckily don’t have to that often.

dcstan

December 8th, 2011
6:55 am

Hey Snot -Rag it is passenger like you that make flying an unpleasant experience, You have a sense of entittlement that is off the charts.People have a job to do and when they do their job you act like a little spoiled brat. not everyone is a millionaire like you. Why don’t you just charter from now on and leave the rest of the flying public away from creeps like you.

dcstan

December 8th, 2011
7:09 am

Boy Wonder is the right handle for you. What happen is very simple an annoucement is made maybe 5 or 6 times to turn off electronic devices in a kind and professional manner. when after a number of times doing this yeah the Flight Attendant gets surly with the passenger and now the Flight Attendant is the jerk instead of the person who wouldn’t comply with this very simple request.For some reason people who maybe otherwise nice kind people get really stupid when they come on a plane. If i was a passenger of that flight with Baldwin I would have challenge him to shut up and sit down and stop acting like a b!!!!ch. I have been a Flight Attendant for 23 years before that I spent 10 years as a correction officer in the Federal System and I didn’;t get the club Fed assignment. and sometimes with hyperbole dealing with the Inmates was sometimes much easier than dealing with the flying public.

Pixichick

December 8th, 2011
7:19 am

I’m surprised other flight attendants (and no, I don’t get offended by the term stewardess) haven’t weighed in on this matter. First, I’d like to say that, though there are reasons behind every rule we have to enforce, I won’t argue that some of them are antiquated, or just borderline idiotic. I hate when I have to tell parents that we’re no longer allowed to give out little plastic wings to their children because the wings could be used as a weapon. Unfortunately, we’re still required to follow all of the FAA’s regulations; should there be a Fed on board who sees us bend the rules for anyone, be it Alec Baldwin or our own mother, we can be fined up to $2000. I’m in no way saying that some FAs aren’t power hungry and bitchy about it, because I know they are. But please remember that at least some of us are trying our best to make sure your flight is enjoyable, even though another passenger began the 5:45 a.m. flight by demanding a coffee be brought to him “on the double”. It’s a two-way street. And I can’t speak for others, but if your flight was decent, there’s nothing I appreciate more than a “thank you” as you’re leaving. Sometimes it makes all the difference between a good day and hiding in the galley and fighting tears.

Pixichick

December 8th, 2011
7:22 am

Oops, apologies to dcstan about other FAs not having weighed in. I started the post, then was called away to walk my dogs and didn’t see your comment!

Electric

December 8th, 2011
7:40 am

Dude, just say sorry and let it go. Stop rationalizing your bad behavior. It lessens the effectiveness of the apology. No one needs you to point out what’s wrong with the airline industry. We all know that. Less is more sometimes.

Lee

December 8th, 2011
7:50 am

I’m afraid if the people that think they are special and should be allowed to do whatever they want to should not fly with the little people that are expected to follow rules. There are rules to go by all thru life you may not agree with them but you need to grow up and follow them or buy your own jet. Just because you buy a ticket on a flight that don’t mean you own the plane and everybody on it.

Betty Boop

December 8th, 2011
7:57 am

Another fat liberal blowhard that b*tches up a storm about the unfair advantages of the rich, the Republicans are evil, and he knows best for us. Alec, you are washed up hack on a show no one watches and you need to go away.

Call it like it is

December 8th, 2011
8:22 am

There both right. Baldwin sux and so do the airlines. They stuff you in like cattle, charge you for every single thing, bag fee, airport tax, $10 for a bag of chips and this is after the TSA shake down. Saw an old Boeing picture of one of their first planes. Each seat was huge, and the rows far apart. They used to take care of you and it was fun to fly, now not so much.

Ron Burgundy

December 8th, 2011
9:00 am

Libtards like Alec will never take self accountability. They need the govt to do that for them. Alec will now petition the govt to mandate that planes need lazy boys and mai tais. Won’t be long until all airlines are bankrupt.

Ron Burgundy

December 8th, 2011
9:01 am

BTW – too all the hyper senstive people correcting spelling and grammar on a lame blog about libtards…suck a fart out of my a$$!

Ron Burgundy

December 8th, 2011
9:04 am

One of the reasons airline travel blows is we have idiots trying to fit a huge suitcase in the overhead. We also have certain people playing video games and not listening to the instructions. We have people arriving late as well.

Again, I ask the question to the airline bashers….what should the airlines do? Try and put less people in the planes and lose MORE money? I suggest we start drilling our own cheap oil and stop all these regulatory fees and charges and let the airlines do exactly what you want.

Kevin

December 8th, 2011
9:26 am

@Boywonder

You sound like a class act, who is a real joy to be around.

Sorry, that came out wrong. What I meant to say is that you sound like a condescending, arrogant jerk.

I don’t like paying the toll every morning on GA400. But it beats taking 285 all the way around. I don’t like paying $3.50+ for a gallon of gas, but it’s better than sitting at home. I don’t like not being able to leave Target without spending a minimum of $100, but I need shaving cream, Tupperware, and tee shirts.

The point? There’s lots of things in the world that I don’t like, but I do them because I choose to. Mr. Baldwin, and apparently you, think that you’re better than everyone else and shouldn’t be subject to the same rules. And that, my friend, is precisely makes you sound like a real jerk off.

James

December 8th, 2011
9:31 am

There are private elegant jets you can fly. But i quess liberal don’t like privatization.

Ron Burgundy

December 8th, 2011
9:41 am

Liberals love private jets James. Look at Pelosi and the obamas

Live It Up

December 8th, 2011
9:51 am

Alec’s a millionaire—he can fly on other airlines—there’s a reason american is bankrupt—bad service, rude employees.

Ron Burgundy

December 8th, 2011
9:52 am

Airlines are most hamstrung by unions, overregulagion and gas.

Gary

December 8th, 2011
10:16 am

Hey BoyWonder, Condescension and arrogance noted. You sound like the guy who seems to always be in the seat across from me ignoring the rules that the flight attendants are required by FAA to enforce. I am sorry your apple will have to be shut down. I am sorry you will have to end that oh so important call. It’s ok though, I am sure once she is seated for takeoff you will pop in those ear buds and start jamming to your Lady Gaga and recline your seat back. No need to follow any rules. They are stupid rules so ignore them. Let me guess you never check your luggage and you must always be the first one on and off the plane. As one of the red state folks let me suggest buying a one way ticket next time and staying in a state where playing a game and ignoring the folks working for a living when they ask you to do something is acceptable. Georgia will not miss you.

MissV, Raleigh NC

December 8th, 2011
12:01 pm

Mr. Baldwin should have his hormones checked.

John Daly

December 8th, 2011
12:03 pm

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Jennifer Brett

December 8th, 2011
1:28 pm

John Daly for the win…

Jennifer

Truth

December 8th, 2011
2:37 pm

“Coffee is for closers only.”

wtf

December 8th, 2011
3:34 pm

Bart what time does your elementary school get out?

wtf

December 8th, 2011
3:35 pm

Hey Alex why don’t you go beat up on Kim or cuss out your daughter.

woodrow

December 8th, 2011
4:30 pm

Baldwin acts like an idiot, gets attention, gets acting offers. Next he will get a DUI. I’m waiting for it.

[...] An apology to fellow passengers on an American Airlines flight has landed actor Alec Baldwin in the dog house with Greyhound. [...]

carla roqs

December 9th, 2011
6:57 am