Baldwin Apologizes to Passengers, Slams Airlines

Says industry using 9/11 as an excuse for lousy service
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2011 7:17 PM CST
Updated Dec 8, 2011 8:59 AM CST
Alec Baldwin Apologizes to Fellow Passengers for Causing Delay on American Airlines Flight
Actor Alec Baldwin arrives at PETA's 30th Anniversary Gala and Humanitarian Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – More fallout from Alec Baldwin's American Airlines incident: The actor has taken himself off Twitter. "Let’s play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again," he wrote before deactivating his account, according to the New York Post. But that doesn't mean he's done talking; on the Huffington Post, Baldwin apologizes to his fellow travelers for delaying their flight. "It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my 'issue' with a certain flight attendant," he writes. Baldwin says that he and lots of other people were using their phones while the plane was still at the gate, but that he got "singled out" by the attendant "in the most unpleasant of tones."

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He chalks up the incident in part to the lousy state of air travel in the US, especially since 9/11. "I believe carriers and airports have used that as an excuse to make the air travel experience as inelegant as possible." Flight attendants like the one he encountered have turned flying into a "Greyhound bus experience," and it's sad "that you've got to fly overseas today in order to bring back what has been thrown overboard by US carriers in terms of common sense, style, and service." Read the full post. Meanwhile, fellow passengers tell the Post Baldwin dropped the F-word and twice screamed for the flight attendant to tell him her name. All of this is great news for Zynga, which makes Words With Friends, the game Baldwin was playing when he got booted, the New York Daily News notes: Daily active users are up by about 300,000 since the incident, and Zynga is relishing the free publicity. (Read more Alec Baldwin stories.)

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