Alec Baldwin apologized to his fellow passengers Wednesday while remaining critical of American Airlines in the wake of his ejection from a flight Tuesday.
On his blog at The Huffington Post, Baldwin said that as the delayed flight sat at the gate, he "pull[ed] out my phone to complete any other messaging I had to do . . . while other people were still manipulating their own phones, this one employee singled me out to put my phone away. Afterward, we still sat at the gate. I pulled out my phone again, while others did the same. Again, I was singled out by this woman in the most unpleasant of tones . . . "
The airline said in a statement Wednesday that the "30 Rock" Emmy-winner -- identified only as "the passenger" -- was removed at Los Angeles International Airport for refusing to shut off his electronic device and for using foul language.
Baldwin "declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time," the airline said. "[He] 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 . . . [He] was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language."
Baldwin, who was rebooked on an American flight, deactivated his Twitter account following a flurry of aggrieved posts.
His rep, Matthew Hiltzik, said in a statement to Newsday, "The plane was already delayed half an hour at the gate when Alec was playing [the online game Words With Friends]. Alec was clearly singled out by a flight attendant who behaved in an inappropriate manner."