Jets quarterback Geno Smith was involved in an incident at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday and left a flight bound for Fort Lauderdale after a verbal exchange with a flight attendant.
A source close to Smith told Newsday that Smith left the flight voluntarily, although there have been conflicting reports that Smith was escorted off the plane by police.
The incident occurred after a male flight attendant asked Smith to unplug his headphones before takeoff. The source said Smith did not hear the request and that heated words were exchanged before the flight attendant removed Smith's headphones. Then, the source said, Smith asked to speak to the flight attendant's supervisor.
A public relations officer for Los Angeles World Airports confirmed that airport police responded to an incident but would neither confirm nor deny that Smith was involved in a verbal altercation on the aircraft, adding that names are released only if an incident report is filed and an individual is arrested. Smith was not arrested.
"If it's a Q&R , no report is generated," the PR officer said.
She added that on-board incidents happen "all the time" and "today is not the first time" that airport police have had to respond to such matters.
The Jets released a statement saying, "We are aware of the report and we are researching the facts. We will have no comment at this time."
TMZ filmed Smith walking out of the terminal by himself. The former second-round pick denied on camera that he was involved in a verbal altercation, saying, "Don't believe that, man."