Alec Baldwin: “Catholic 50s gym teacher” flight attendant singled me out or something

Posted by: ST on December 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

First, the back story:

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES – American Airlines took to its Facebook page Wednesday to explain its actions after Alec Baldwin complained he was kicked off a flight for playing a Scrabble-like game on his cell phone as the plane was about to depart from Los Angeles.

Without mentioning the “30 Rock” star by name, the airline said an “extremely vocal customer” declined to turn off his phone when asked to do so by a flight attendant.

The customer then stood up “with the seat belt light still on for departure” and took his phone into the plane’s lavatory, the company continued.

“He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked,” the airline’s post said.

The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language,” it continued. “Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.”

On Twitter, American Airlines said its flight attendants followed federal safety regulations regarding electronic devices.

Baldwin wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he was “reamed” by a flight attendant for playing the game “Words with Friends” while the plane sat at a gate at Los Angeles International Airport.

His spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, added, “He loves ‘Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it.”

The actor boarded another American Airlines flight to New York after Tuesday’s incident, but tweeted that he wouldn’t fly with the airline again, despite the fact that they show “30 Rock” for in-flight entertainment.

He also took a jab at the airline’s flight attendants, tweeting, “Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950’s find jobs as flight attendants.”

The actor has since deactivated his Twitter account.

Well, not exactly. It’s under a new name: @deactivated001.   It’s currently listed as “suspended” – but like most egomaniacs who crave attention and mindless devotion, he’ll be back.

Oh, here’s more of Baldwin’s “apology”:

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.

I suppose a part of my frustration lay with the fact that I had flown American for over 20 years and was brand loyal, in the extreme. The ticketing agents and Admiral’s Club staff have always been nothing but abundantly helpful to me, as I have flown hundreds of thousands of miles with the one carrier.

My confusion began when the flight, already a half hour behind schedule, boarded, the door closed, and we proceeded to sit at the gate for another fifteen minutes. I then did what I have nearly always done and that was to pull out my phone to complete any other messaging [NOTE from ST: This is a lie, as per Baldwin’s tweets from last night.  He was playing “Words With Friends” on his cell phone.] I had to do before take off. In nearly all other instances, the flight attendants seemed to be unbothered by and said nothing about such activity, by me or anyone else, until we actually were pulling away from the gate.

In this case, 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. I guess the fact that this woman, who had decided to make some example of me, while everyone else was left undisturbed, did get the better of me.

However, I have learned a valuable lesson. Airlines in the US are struggling with fuel costs, labor costs, bankruptcies, you name it. It’s no secret that the level of service on US 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 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.

Most of the flight attendants I have ever encountered still have some remnant of the old idea of service. Add to that the notion that in this day and age, many people have a lot of important work to do, by phone, and would like to do so till the last possible minute. But there are many now 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.

The lesson I’ve learned is to keep my phone off when the 1950’s gym teacher is on duty. That was my fault there, even though this trip was quite a bit different from so many others. But it is sad, I think, 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.

Again, my apology to my fellow travelers.

What an arrogant, pathetic, self-serving, irresponsible jerk.  “Oh please, please feel sorry for me and look at me!” he’s screaming with that “apology.” Then again, what do you expect from a pseudo-intellectual nitwit who, among other things, has had “patriotic” fantasies about murdering Dick Cheney and who thinks nothing of cursing out his young daughter and calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig“?

The term “anger management issues” was invented for raging punk-a** creeps like Alec Baldwin.  l-)

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  1. Carlos says:

    Baldwin is a liberal.

    Baldwin is a statist.

    Therefore, Baldwin is a liar. End of story. His account of the incident is only believable as most of his notions, as a fairy tale.

  2. Drew says:

    “His spokesman, Matthew Hiltzik, added, “He loves ‘Words with Friends’ so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it.” ”

    Right. Of course. Have I ever told you about my big ten inch………….record of the rhythm and blues that is.

    :d

  3. So, when will he make good on the promise to move to France?

    d(^_^)b
    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  4. Steph says:

    I can’t stand the man. My adult daughter and I saw “It’s Complicated” a couple of years ago and I just couldn’t enjoy it because HE was in it. He is even sleazy and rude in the movies. UGH![-(

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    Now ask me if I care.

  6. JRob says:

    You’re worfress Aric Barwin

  7. Kate says:

    I think retired Catholic gym teachers should occupy his front yard…

  8. Dennis D says:

    I guess he has issues with Catholics and older folks. Does he support age discrimination for flight attendants?

  9. SDN says:

    I think retired Catholic gym teachers should re-enact the “Penguin” scene from Blues Brothers…..:-\”

  10. Jeff H says:

    Why doesn’t some enterprising airline install small video cameras in the passenger compartment(s) of their planes?

  11. Carlos says:

    Funny you should mention that, steph. I watched part of “Hunt For Red October” last night and it’s lost a lot of appeal for me now.

    I can appreciate good acting, but crappy political posturing leaves me cold. I won’t watch any of the “Lethal Weapon” series, either…

  12. redgypsy says:

    Makes me want to fly American from now on, and TELL them it’s because of good ole Alec! At least I know he won’t be on the same plane as I am…

  13. Happy Person says:

    When treated badly by the airlines, write a letter, like the rest of us. Most of us don’t have a hissy fits, run to the bathroom and slam doors like a preteen girls. We don’t publicly blame the whole industry for one flight attendant with a hall monitor complex. Baldwin said himself he flew American for many years. Its fun to watch a narcissist contradict himself.

  14. mike in Baltimoe says:

    Good tag line for AA

    “Fly American- At least you wont have to put up with Alec Baldwin”.

  15. Tex says:

    My opinion of American Airlines just shot up 1000% for their actions. And knowing that Baldwin has threatened never to fly AA again, it puts them at the top of my list of possible airlines on any upcoming trips. I’m sure they could work this into some sort of advertising gimmick to their advantage.

    “Fly the pompous-Liberal-free skies of American”.

  16. Tom TB says:

    Remember Alec Baldwin saying that Congressman Henry Hyde should be “stoned to death” because Hyde was presiding over then President Clinton’s impeachment hearing for lying under oath? This guy hasn’t been wrapped-right for years!

  17. J ALexander says:

    Mr B. is an assssssssssss, he always has been and always
    will. As far as his actions, I’m sure this will go viral in a very short time.

    This gives a new meaning to buy American, American Airlines stock that is, I already added this to me stock
    portfolio.