Bombshell from American Airlines: Alec Baldwin’s kind of rude and self-centered

posted at 7:54 pm on December 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

I know. I’m as surprised as you are.

Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter as well as the FAA regulations which American, and all airlines, must enforce. Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding. When the door is closed for departure and the seat belt light is turned on, all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off. This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time. The passenger 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, even with the cockpit door closed and locked. They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation. The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.

They don’t name him but the New York Post did, as did the passengers interviewed by the AP. Sample quote from the Post: “He got up, threw his papers on the floor and stormed into the bathroom, slammed the door closed, beat on the wall and then came back.” Why? The initial report was that he didn’t care to be interrupted while, um, playing “Words with Friends,” but Baldwin himself set the record straight about that over at HuffPo today. Turns out he was mad because flight attendants changed after 9/11 or something:

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 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.

Actual quote from his now deactivated Twitter feed: “Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950′s find jobs as flight attendants.” Say, what’s that supposed to mean?

And now you’re up to speed on the latest happenings of our next mayor, who, by the way, hates when the rich and powerful get special treatment. Honestly, I’m not even sure this escapade ranks in his top five. Exit question: Shouldn’t we expect a “modern, high-functioning man” to do crazy things now and again?


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He is merely revolting against the corporate machine and those who dare to represent it.

DWoDiego on December 7, 2011 at 9:34 PM

His ego is as bloated as his face.

Bevan on December 7, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Twitter account – DEACTIVATED!

Challenge Accepted on December 7, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Baldwin was playing “Words with Friends.”

So Alec Baldwin has friends?

SagebrushPuppet on December 7, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I wish he’d leave the country, like he said he would.

SagebrushPuppet on December 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

barely edible meals

There are meals on planes?

daj on December 7, 2011 at 10:12 PM

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.

Darn it, life is so inelegant after 9/11! Do you have any idea what an inconvenience the response to 9/11 is to Mr. Baldwin, do you people? We’re talking Mr. Baldwin here– he is inconvenienced by your inelegance. That’s Alec-Freakin’-Baldwin who’s made to feel uncomfortable by your inelegance. People, people? I’m talking to you!

obladioblada on December 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM

He is merely revolting against the corporate machine and those who dare to represent it.

DWoDiego on December 7, 2011 at 9:34 PM

FTFY.

nukemhill on December 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Should have stuck with getting his nails done and saying that sissy sounding ouch, like in the commercial. So does he have something against catholics, gym teachers, teachers etc?

j bo on December 7, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Baldwin was playing “Words with Friends.”

So Alec Baldwin has friends?

SagebrushPuppet on December 7, 2011 at 9:45 PM

His handle is ‘StephenBaldwinNoReallyItsMe’

OneFreeMan on December 7, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Bombshell from American Airlines: Alec Baldwin’s kind of rude and self-centered.

You mean he could star in “The Chronicles of Narcissism?”

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on December 7, 2011 at 11:20 PM

doesn’t have his own plane?

wth?

that is the tell-tale.. what did he waste his money on?

amend2 on December 7, 2011 at 11:24 PM

What a degenerate buffoon.

therightwinger on December 8, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Alec Baldwin >>> Village idiot!

Ogabe on December 8, 2011 at 12:47 AM

Alternate headline: When pigs don’t fly.

Christien on December 8, 2011 at 12:54 AM

Alternate headline: When pigs don’t fly.

Christien on December 8, 2011 at 12:54 AM

I like that!

Ogabe on December 8, 2011 at 12:58 AM

He couldn’t help himself….

He saw a puzzle in the on-flight magazine.

Oh wait…that requires the savant part…

WryTrvllr on December 8, 2011 at 1:36 AM

I’m with him on this. Domestic flights are horrific on every level now. People should be calling time on all the bad behavior that your ‘attendants’ and TSA ‘public servants’ exhibit.

Not a great fan of the guy personally, but flying now (especially domestically) is not even vaguely pleasant. It ain’t cheap either.

CorporatePiggy on December 8, 2011 at 3:43 AM

Not a great fan of the guy personally, but flying now (especially domestically) is not even vaguely pleasant. It ain’t cheap either.

CorporatePiggy on December 8, 2011 at 3:43 AM

Yes, but how did his behavior improve the situation and who benefited from it? People (stupid people) do listen to him and he could have been a reasonable advocate for change, but he chose to be a total A-hole. That may influence cowering toadies in Hollywood but not in the real America.

Extrafishy on December 8, 2011 at 6:26 AM

What’s on your card?

MNHawk on December 8, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Alec Baldwin is a self-centered, thin-skinned, bad-tempered blowhard.

Those are his good qualities.

SagebrushPuppet on December 8, 2011 at 7:53 AM

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.

This by itself demonstrates that Baldwin was almost certainly in the wrong. AA’s statement is specifically about the individual events yesterday. Baldwin’s globalizes; he lacks perspective on the specificity of his altercation yesterday and leaps to a childlike “EVERYTHING about flying sucks!”

The idea that airlines would use 9/11 as an “excuse” to make flying “inelegant” is laughable. Yeah, those airlines — secretly happy about a terrorist attack so that they can deliberately alienate their customers.

Chuckles3 on December 8, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Alec Baldwin is a self-centered, thin-skinned, bad-tempered blowhard.

Those are his good qualities.

SagebrushPuppet on December 8, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Yeah, a pulse and respiratory rate are the bad ones.

WryTrvllr on December 8, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Dear Hot Air Posters:

Go easy on Alec Baldwin! It’s such a pleasure that there is a member of the Knots Landing cast who is still relevant.

Signed,

Ted Shackleford, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Joan van Ark, Douglas Sheehan, and the girl from the Mamas and Poppas who’s still alive.

radjah shelduck on December 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

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