Baldwin Explains His Travel Tantrum

Alec Baldwin says he’s sorry, but not really: “The lesson I've learned is to keep my phone off when the 1950's gym teacher is on duty,” he wrote in a Huffington Post article about his recent booting from an American Airlines flight. Baldwin was kicked off for using his phone while the plane was at the gate; he says many other travelers were using their phones, and he put his away once before taking it out again as the plane continued to wait. He says the kerfuffle was the result of declining service standards in aviation: “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.” Baldwin did apologize, however, to his fellow passengers.