Alec Baldwin has apologized for his behavior aboard an American Airlines flight that led to the "30 Rock" star being removed.
American Airlines claims Baldwin stormed into the plane lavatory and slammed the door after a flight attendant instructed him to power down his cell phone soon after boarding a flight from Los Angeles to New York.
Baldwin, 53, claimed he was "singled out" during a delay at the gate by a flight attendant who used "unpleasant tones" when instructing him to switch off his phone.
American Airlines, via its Facebook page, offered a different account of the incident, posting that the actor "slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked."
The carrier described Baldwin as being "extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language."
Shortly after being removed from the flight, Baldwin took to his Twitter account, claiming a crew member "reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate," and adding the hashtag, "#nowonderamericaairisbankrupt."
"The flight attendants already look.....smarter," he tweeted after he was booked on a later flight to his native New York, the Herald Sun reported.
"Last flight w American. Where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's find jobs as flight attendants," he added.
By late Wednesday, however, Baldwin had deactivated his popular Twitter account "before quietly heading to Silvercup Studios in Queens for a day of work on his Emmy-winning sitcom," The New York Daily News reported.
Asked why, his spokesman, Matthew Hiltzer, reportedly said: "He’s focusing on shooting ‘30 Rock’ today."
A possible explanation, USA Today suggested, were his oft-mentioned aspirations to enter politics ("maybe even running for mayor of New York").
The paper talked to public relations experts, who suggested that Baldwin, whose volatility is well documented — perhaps most famously for his 2007 voicemail rant against daughter, Ireland, whom he called "a rude, thoughtless little pig" — had damaged himself again.
Baldwin, meantime, made a point of leaving American Airlines out of his formal apology, posted on the Huffington Post website on Wednesday.
In a column entitled in a posting entitled "A Farewell to Common Sense, Style, and Service on American Airlines," Baldwin wrote:
"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."
Seemingly adding insult to injury in his dealings with an airline that The New York Daily News cited him as saying he had loyally flown for over 20 years, he added:
"I learned a valuable lesson I’ve learned to keep my phone off when the 1950s gym teacher is on duty."