Alec Baldwin gives himself an apology on 'Saturday Night Live'
Actor Alec Baldwin managed to keep his feud with American Airlines going over the weekend by appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in a skit in which he essentially apologized to himself.
Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport after a dispute with the airline crew. In a blog post last week, he blamed the incident -- which became national news -- partly on post-9/11 security measures.
"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," he wrote in the blog post. "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 also apologized in the post to other passengers on his flight.
On "SNL," however, he suggested American owes him an apology. Playing an airline pilot appearing on the show's mock newscast, Baldwin referenced the incident, saying: "Which is why it was important for me to come tonight here and, on behalf of everyone at American Airlines, issue an apology to Mr. Alec Baldwin! Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure, and I am ashamed at the way he was treated."
American Airlines said in a statement last week that Baldwin had been "extremely rude" and had called the flight crew inappropriate names that led to his being kicked off a flight in Los Angeles.
When his flight was about to leave Los Angeles for New York on Tuesday, the airline said, Baldwin declined to turn off his cellphone at the appropriate time, then stood up, took his phone into the restroom and slammed the door.
"He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked," the statement said. "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."
American said cellphones must be turned off for taxiing and takeoff, according to FAA regulations.
Baldwin's Twitter account was deactivated by Wednesday morning, but in earlier tweets he criticized the airline and vowed never to fly American again.
"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving," Baldwin said, later adding: "#theresalwaysunited."
His spokesman issued a statement that the actor loved the online game so much "he was willing to leave a plane for it."
-- Andrew Blankstein, Shelby Grad and Kimi Yoshino