Alec Baldwin’s essay in response to getting kicked off flight: I was singled out

A lot of people assumed that Alec Baldwin was probably in the wrong when he got kicked off an American Airlines flight for playing Words With Friends on his phone. The guy has some well known anger management issues and it’s not a stretch to assume that he acted like an entitled ass. Still, flying can be a demeaning experience and it’s similarly easy to imagine Alec getting singled out and taunted by a flight attendant. According to Alec, that’s exactly what happened. After he live tweeted his experience on the flight, Alec deleted his Twitter account. He later penned an essay for the Huffington Post detailing what happened. The way he explains it, the cabin door was closed, the plane was at the gat and everyone was sitting there, playing with their phones. In his version, one mean flight attendant kept telling him to put his device away, but everyone else was doing it and she was ignoring them. Here’s his story:

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 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.

[From Huffington Post]

His story kind of resonated with me, to be honest. I’m not saying he was in the right by any means or that he shouldn’t have just given in. He should have, he knows the rules and everyone has to follow them. I fly a lot, though, and the flight attendants have the power to make or break your flight. So I don’t blame Alec for putting American Airlines on blast, especially if they treated him like that. Again, I’m not saying he should have stood his ground at all. He just should have put the phone away and tried to read a magazine or something. Everyone is supposed to put their devices away, even if they weren’t doing it at the time.

American Airlines has issued their own response to this story. They make the claim that Alec was abrasive, that he swore at the flight attendant, and that went to the bathroom and slammed the door while the seatbelt light was still on. Supposedly the cabin crew heard the door slam and got worried.

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.

[From American Airlines via USA Today]

If both versions are correct – if Alec really was singled out by a nasty flight attendant and then he did respond like this – I get both sides. I would have acquiesced the first time, I would have turned my phone off and put it away and sat there seething wondering why everyone else got to use their phones while I didn’t. In my mind though, I would have stood my ground and told them all off, making a huge scene. Hell I’ve wanted to do that on plenty of flights in the past. As it is, both parties were in the wrong and a whole plane full of people with busy lives got inconvenienced. I hate flying.

After I wrote all that, I noticed that a flight attendant’s organization issued a response to Alec. It’s frankly pretty bitchy, but I guess he deserves it. The rudeness goes both ways on flights, as this story shows. If you think about how much it sucks to fly, it must suck even more to be a flight attendant.

hile I personally enjoy Words with Friends as much as anybody, passengers can continue to search for that double letter triple word score after takeoff. I’m sure people are used to Alec Baldwin and his expressions,” Julie Frederick from the Association of Professional Flight Attendants told

“There is a difference between being funny and being mean,” she continued. “Flight attendants have not been the only recipients of Alec Baldwin’s ill temper.

In 2007, a voice recording was released where Baldwin called his little daughter Ireland a “rude, thoughtless little pig” for which he ultimately apologized.

Frederick expressed support for flight attendants and the difficult and sometimes lifesaving job they do. “If Alec Baldwin needed emergency help on a flight then the ‘retired Catholic school gym teachers’ would save his life for another day of expressing himself,” she said.

[From Radar]

Here’s Alex at JFK on Tuesday after he took the next flight out of LAX. He’s also shown on 9/23 and 9/18. Credit: Fame

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Based on his past record of rationalizing his terrible behaviour, I would not believe a word he said about this. Yes, he’s talented but yes, he’s an ass.

  2. Daisy424 says:

    AA is “where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants.
    What’s that crack supposed to mean?

    • Lantana says:

      LOL I read that as Alcoholics Anonymous and I thought when did AA start hiring but of course I just finished the gym and have oxygen dep. I think there’s a point if a ton of people on the plane were twittering about the event, obviously phones were out. But there’s also the point that he probably was singled out bc he was being a pompous ass. I call it a wash. Oh, and I think the Catholic gym teacher 50s ref just means he thinks the attendants are hard-asses, much like many (some) parochial teachers in the 50s.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Its clearly a slag against (1) teachers in general (2) gym teachers (an easy target) (3) catholic gym teachers and (4) most particularly anyone who was teaching in the ’50′s. Sure you didn’t miss anyone, Alec?

  3. aenflex says:

    singled out for being a rich, fat, misogynist, wife-beating asshole, maybe?

  4. Jackie says:

    poor baby. he was ‘singled out’…he always has some excuse for his awful behavior that turns him into the victim. grow up and take responsibility for your anger management problem.

    was he flying business class??? poor guy, he should try coach like 99% of the population. then he would have something to bitch about. entitled asshole.

  5. Hautie says:

    Sorry… I am taking the side of the flight attendant. He is a notorious asshole.

    As I recall, he was never at fault for all the verbal terrorizing of Kim Basinger either. Plus his verbal terrorizing of his own daughter. What was she like 12-13? When he attacked her for not taking his phone call?

    And isn’t there a piece of gossip floating about how much Tina Fey dislikes him? Because of his behavior on the set of 30 Rock.

  6. brin says:

    He is an arrogant jerk. Hope he stays off twitter.

  7. Jayna says:

    Oscar de la Hoya was on the flight. He said both the stewardess and Alec got a little angry, but he said Alec absolutely never slammed the bathroom door, never happened.

    But Alec is still a jerk to have carried his anger so’far. Turn it off. Be irritated and tweet or complain about it later.

  8. Nancy C. says:

    he did over react, but i sympathize with him. the attendant probably had the rag that day.

  9. daisydoodle says:

    he’s a jerk, however, I do think the TSA and the airlines have some kind of power trip going since 9/11. between undressing before going through security and full body scans, it’s really become quite a process to fly. I remember my first flight as a child wearing white gloves and a dress, times have indeed changed.

    • MariPily says:

      I understand both sides. I was an FA for two years, and I encountered plenty of rude, nasty, entitled passengers like Alec Baldwin. But, during my FA training, I was also told, ” There is no customer loyalty, customers will fly with whatever airline offers the cheaper flight, so no need to practice customer retention or be kind to them”. I won’t tell you what airline I flew for.

      But I do recall the days when flying was a fun experience. When pilots were friendly and FA’s were attentive and courteous, and even glamorous. My early experiences flying as a child made me want to be an FA as a young adult. But now, the industry is no better than the Greyhound bus, both for passengers and the airlines, so in that I agree with Mr. Baldwin.

  10. hairball says:

    I believe he was noticed more by the flight attendant but I also totally believe the airline’s version.

    I have never seen or encountered a rude flight attendant. I’ve seen them politely ask people to turn off their phones after the announcement and those people complied right away.

    I absolutely HATE flying though and agree with him in that the experience has been brought down to a cheap bus experience but costing even more then when you got complimentary hot meals.

    • Sapphire says:

      I fly very frequently on business and encounter rude, inappropriate cabin crew all the time. It’s becoming more prevelent and there is always the unspoken threat that if you respond, you will be “escorted off”.
      To all those overworked, underpaid and tolerent attendents here-you have my sympathy: putting up with asshats like Baldwin sucks. But the snark goes both ways.

      • akua says:

        ITA – in my experience flying over many years, nice/considerate FA are the exception rather than the rule, but maybe I’m just choosing the wrong airlines :) . That said, I agree with the others that I love
        Alec on 30 Rock but think he seems like an a-hole in real life.

  11. ruby says:

    Wow he’s turning himself into the victim here ? Sorry but I don’t believe that crap for a second. Rules are for everyone, especially in planes where safety depends on them.

    That essay just smacks of entitlement and excuses. Stars twisting reality to suit them, wouldn’t be the first or the last time. This guy is a notorious asshole, seriously.

  12. Po says:

    I don’t get where flying business class is that difficult. Why is anyone taking the side of a man who threw a temper tantrum over a game. Also, flight attendants spend their extremely long days dealing with people like him who can’t follow seemingly simple directions. He should be embarrassed by his behavior not continuing to try and humiliate this person who was attempting to do their job.

  13. flourpot says:

    There were 299 other people on that flight. Why have we not heard from them. C’mon, internet, do your magic.

  14. lucy2 says:

    It sounds like he was singled out, but he does have a notorious temper so I can see him getting worked up. And it’s ridiculous to not simply follow instructions so everyone can get where they need to go.

  15. Celebasshat says:

    Where there is no rule, there is no sin. Alec stop been a pompous ass,follow the rule for once in your life and stop whinning.

  16. poopie says:

    i really HATE to hear these stories about him because i really do LOVE him as an actor. he’s hysterical. BUT : these actors are coddled and surrounded by people who CONSTANTLY TELL them how great and SPECIAL they are. they really don’t feel like ANY of the rules actually apply to them. another universe.

  17. Not That Linnocent says:

    I’m still trying to figure out why he was not arrested. I’ve heard of other people being arrested on planes for doing far less. He needs to grow up, stop with the temper tantrums. He is no better than any other person flying and if he doesn’t want to follow the rules, then pay for a private plane already and then evil flight attendants won’t be picking on poor, poor Alec.

  18. toto says:

    hey pwal?

    Does cross dressing always make one a liar?

  19. jh says:

    I can’t believe how petty, nasty and arrogant many in-flight staff are. Decades ago, they carried themselves with dignity and a sense of quiet authority but those qualities are no longer seen. In the scramble to meet demands of ‘job equality’ the airlines have obviously brought their standards to ridiculous lows.
    I’ve seen enough mentally disordered flight attendants to know that staying off their radar will make my flight tolerable. Bless the sane ones.

    • domesticdiva says:

      Decades ago? You mean before people hijacked airplanes and flew them into buildings? Before people had cell phonesand began thinking they were the only ones that mattered before people thought it was classy in pajamas i mean it seems passengers dont have any standards themselves

  20. TXCinderella says:

    It doesn’t really matter if “everyone else was doing it”. He knows it’s wrong and decided to disobey the rules, thus slowing the process down and inconveniencing everyone on that plane. He needs to check his ego at the ramp.

  21. Someone needs to explain to me why it’s ok to tweet and play online games via phone in flight, but not to make calls. I am so confused. I read a flight attendant blog mentioning her tweets from flight. Don’t get it.

    As for AB, well, the rest of us go along with the rules, stupid as they are, but he’s “special,”. I don’t disagree with some of what he said but I do think he should behave with more class. i know it’s hard, and maybe impossible for him. But that’s the right thing to do.

    • jamie says:

      Don’t know the science but I’m soooooo glad people can’t make calls on planes. Can you imagine how annoying it would be to be squeezed into a seat next to someone yacking full volume(to be heard over the jet engines)you’re entire flight. I’d go CRAZY.

  22. LeeLoo says:

    Boo hoo. Mr. Angry got singled out. Flight attendants have a tough job for sure and it’s tough because of Alec Baldwin treating them like utter crap. He could have put the phone away muttered “bitch” under his breath and been done with it but he had to cause a disturbance and cause a flight to be delayed because he didn’t get his way. Flight attendants may be bitchy but all Alec had to do was comply. I’m sorry that was so hard for him.

  23. Nanz says:

    Saying you were “singled out” is another way of saying “everyone else was doing it.” It’s childish. Who cares if he was singled out? He was breaking regulations. He should’ve turned it off and quietly pouted like you said. He sounds so entitled. Any non-celeb would’ve just eaten the sh*t they were handed.

  24. mike says:

    I can believe both saides.

    That said, I blame the airline and the attendants more, because ever since 9/11, it’s they who have all the power and can make your life absolutely miserable if they so incline to.

    He probably was singled out. I fly a lot and I’ve noticed this trend of attendants picking on passengers just on a whim or on a slightest pretext, just because they can.

    Last week there was this guy a row ahead of me. He was drunk, not fall out of the seat raging drunk, but halfway there. He made some smartass aside to the passenger next to him about the attendant’s ass as she walked by. Nothing loud or physical, just a snickering aside to the guy next to him.

    The next thing I know, she’s there giving him a VERY loud verbal dressdown about zero tolerance policy on sexual harrassment that lasted several minutes. She didn’t even let him apologize but just kept on harranguing him. And thereafter she made the rest of flight absolutely miserable for him by alternately snubbing him and enforcing every little petty rule.

    I felt so sorry for him. And what a b*tch on crazy power trip. Yeah, I get that before 9/11, they were treated by crap, but that’s no reason for them to treat passengers like crap in turn now.

    • bluhare says:

      Please. Lainey’s got the best take on this one. He was pissed off because he wasn’t indulged for once.

      I’m also on the flight attendant’s side re the drunk guy making comments on her ass.

    • anon33 says:

      Oh, mike. I hope you aren’t married. If you are, I pity your wife

      “Just a snickering aside” is still sexual harassment, dumbass. Not to mention that you have no idea what that person was like…perhaps he would have gotten drunker and attempted to TOUCH one of the flight attendants. That is why he was “verbally dressed down.” Behavior cannot be predicted and that could have excalated into a much worse situation than it was.

      Oh wait, I’m sorry, women should “just take it” and “stop being such humorless bitches.”

      Eat a dick.

      • mike says:

        You hear that sound?

        It’s the sound of the world’s smallest violin playing.

        You really like making a mountain out of a mole hill, don’t you?

        The problem with the attendant wasn’t that she warned him, but that she overreacted and went out of her way to humliliate the guy in front of the entire plane. Ironic, given the topic we’re on, since the attedant basically threw a temper tentrum worthy of Baldwin. In other words, she Baldwined on the poor guy, but unlike the attendants with Baldwin, this raging b*tch couldn’t be tossed off the flight.

        And oh, boo hoo. I’m sick of flight attedants bowling over how hard their job is. You know what? You ain’t the only one. EVERYBODY in the service industry gets shit on.

        In fact, flight attendants have it good. They’re the Baldwins of service industry because they can throw temper tentrums and treat customers like dirt and get away with it, unlike poor schmucks who work at Target or McDs who’d get fired for giving lips to the customers.

    • Jackie says:

      my god. mike, what decade are you from…you obviously have alot to learn about sexual harassment. your poor wife/ girlfriend.

      • mike says:


        The problem isn’t that she warned him. No, that was within her purvew, but that she went about in a completely unprofessional manner. She was rude and deliberately confrontational, in fact she quite enjoyed herself giving that rant. She had this big ass smug grin for the rest of the flight.

    • Guesty says:

      You have quite a way with words, Mike, and a real gift for persuasion! I know that being “Baldwined” is going to catch on – the Rick Roll of 2011. Kudos!

    • Sara says:

      I also have zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment at my job. If a customer made a comment like that to me not only would they get a verbal reprimand they would be kicked out.

      That’s not being a bitch, that’s enforcing policy. Employees are not forced to be objected to sexual harassment.

      That being said, I saw something similar on a flight but it was a male flight attendant yelling at a drunk passenger for taking off his pants while the lights were off during the night. Frankly, it didn’t ruin our flight and I’m pretty sure everyone was on the flight attendant’s side. Getting wasted on an airplane is a really stupid, immature thing to do.

  25. Denise says:

    Yes, flying today totally sucks and is generally a horrible experience. But he is a tool…Nuff said.

  26. kristipistol says:

    I love it how famous people who decide they want a career being famous are always “singled out” when they act like jerks

  27. Mark says:

    Alec Baldwin thinks he’s better than everyone else.
    He has this entitled attitude when he’s not better than anyone else other than for the fact that he’s rich.
    He recently went to one of the Occupy events and went on about how we need banks and we need to fix some things but cant toss out the system.
    Of course he’d say that, HE’S THE ONE PERCENT HELLLO?
    I’m over him now.

  28. arock says:

    i think he suffers from foot in mouth disease. yes, he seems like an intolerable asshole but he says thing like this and immediately seems to swallow sh*t over it. (rightfully so) its not like any of those baldwin boys are particularly well heeled.
    the attendants should all get to line up and land one swift kick to his ass over this.

  29. ladybert62 says:

    Sorry but this guy seems arrogant and that he feels he is superior to everyone else. I cant stand him. I take the side of the airline just because I think he is a creep.

  30. the original bellaluna says:

    They were both being a$$holes. End of story.

    And I HATE flying! It’s such a lousy experience. Bet your arse that if everyone else is using their phone, I will be too. (Just got a new one!)

    • akua says:

      Every single flight I’ve been on for the last few years, I see people on their phones for virtually the whole flight. That said, I don’t do it because you’re not supposed to, period. To quote the old mother’s saying – if everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you too? (or something like that).

  31. Feebee says:

    Jesus, what is this guy… 8 years old?

  32. Moi says:

    Two things…

    1. I totally agree with him as far as today’s flight experience. Basically, flying in the US is pretty much, just like being on a Greyhound bus with wings. However, I wish they would make a few other changes as far as putting people who fly with kids in the back of the plane. Movies should be free (lame ass to charge). Stop serving free snacks and soft drinks or offer some type of snack sack that people can purchase BEFORE boarding. Having the flight attendants go up and down the aisle with the carts drives me nuts.

    2. Alec Baldwin is a notorious douche bag, so I’m sure the situation didn’t go down exactly as he claims, even if the flight attendant was acting like a 1950′s gym teacher. They should make an announcement that they will confiscate phones and electronic devices that are not put away. That would probably end the “problem”. Alec should keep in mind that he might want to keep his narcissistic self in check if he is planning on running for Mayor of New York (or is it Mayor of “He’s a legend in his own mind”?).

  33. Moi says:

    Oops forgot this… When celebs cry foul, they better make sure it’s legit. Just like Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend getting kicked off their flight for supposedly kissing. In reality, it was for dropping f bombs and other offensive language that did the trick. Fact: People only complained about the language, NOT the same-sex peck on the lips.

  34. Boromir's Bytch says:

    Don’t think for a minute that most people’s flying experiences are like Alec Baldwin’s. He is met at the curb, escorted thru ticketing to a special security clearance then on to the Admiral’s Club or Flagship lounge where everything is gratis. He’s then then escorted to the plane to board first or last depending on his preference. He never has to walk more than six rows and when he reaches his seat he is handed a pre-departure drink. Where’s the stress in flying like that?

  35. AMY says:

    He was singled out because he is an Asshole…God, I loate this man, if you can call him a man after the way he spoke/speaks to his daughter.

  36. anne_000 says:

    See? This is why we need a national high-speed rail system. :)

    Regardless, if they want the cell phones turned off by everybody, then they should announce it over the speaker a few times. Then after that, they should then go to each person who disobeys. A general PA order over the microphone should have been done first.

  37. Ruffian9 says:

    STFU Alec.
    You’re an asshole.
    You get called on it.
    You throw a tantrum.

  38. Megna says:

    The business about the gym teacher “clipboard” was a pathetic attempt to cover up remarks that were clearly homophobic.

  39. mainstream says:

    In defense of asshole celbrities it must be a horrible feeling to sell out your values and trample over everyone and everything to get what you want only to find out it wasn’t really worth it.

  40. Peg says:

    Pompous, self serving, misogynistic, homophobic, ass. Unable to simply “do the right thing”, and put away his phone, he had to point out that others were doing the same, like an elementary school child, telling on everyone else. After the recording of him berating his daughter made the rounds, I tried to excuse his behavior. Now, I’m just sick of him.

  41. mojoman says:

    He may be rude towards the FA after he got an earful but I can tell you this, as a person who live in Asia and travel to US ALL the time and 9 out of 10 they were bad experiences with american airline companies (traveling 10+ hrs straight is pretty much stressful when surrounded by rude FAs).
    I always mind my own business and make sure my kids are well behaved and non disruptive towards the other passengers (mostly they sleep the whole 10 hrs flight anyway). But I can tell you this: the moment they see you with small kids entering the plane, you are second class citizens to them, even when you pay business or first class!. From now on I only fly with non american airlines (even if we have to do stop overs in japan or Singapore, yes it was that bad!!). Most of people I know who travel to US also do the same. It’s a pity they dont even realize they are losing their inter continental customers who bring them big business considering how much mileage we incur every time we travel. I am sure not all FAs are b*tches on wheels but there are definitely a lot of bad rotten apples that ruin the image.

    • Sara says:

      That’s not the first time I heard that American flight attendants are rude. I’ve only flown US airlines a handful of times. Usually I fly KLM or British Airways because they are cheaper.

      Is there any special reason anyone would WANT to fly with an American carrier? For me their tickets are quiet a bit pricier than European carriers.

      • Mojoman says:

        Sara, the primary reason is the convenience of direct flights, especial when you have kids, layovers are troublesome. Price sometimes is competitive compare to Asian airlines (but not much). personally I’d rather pay a little bit more and know that I will obtain fantastic service, being treated like a human being and have a stress free flight experience with my family.

  42. jin says:

    He still manages to put in a 5th grade dig at the “gym teacher” flight attendants. I defended some of his actions in the past, but I’m through. He brings his problems on himself and then plays victim. Now he’s saying he was treated differently. Even if he was, once that flight attendant told him to put his cell phone, he should have complied. He pulled it right back out again. Who does he think he is?

  43. rissa says:

    i hardly ever comment on this site but come on… he’s an asshole

    i hate flying to, dont act like a diva

  44. Sara says:

    I’m a frequent flyer and people who won’t get off their phones and computers have delayed take off more than once.

    I hate flying and I can’t stand people who keep their phones on until the last possible second causing flight attendants to make an unnecessary round of telling everyone to turn off their phones again, even though they’ve been told like 5 times already.

    Like, bring a book or something.

  45. norma says:

    wonder how long it will be before we’re forced to leave phones at the gate for collection when we land? don’t laugh…….remember we used to SMOKE on flights? imagine what would happen now if you got a pack of cigs out and lit one up? cabin crew collective kitten birthing and high alert leading to the cancellation of all flights till further notice probably! security yes, but everyone needs to CTF down too.

  46. domesticdiva says:

    So you guys blame the airlines and crew since 9/11 they have been on power trips? Do you know that ever since the attacks and cockpits were put in lockdown fas are told that if a terrorist takes over tge aircraft and threatens their life they are pretty much just gonna die bc the cockpit door will Not be opened did you know that aside frim telling you to turn off your phones. Fas are also looking for peole who can help them get you safely off the aircraft say if you crash because your phone signal interfered with the aircrafts navigatiin equipment. Not to mention worried abiut unacompanied minors elderly passengers oassengers with disablities performing theyre safety checks and in general pompus asses like AB who dont understand that everything fas do is for.your safety n

  47. Str8Shooter says:

    As proven in the past with his prima donna antics on movie sets (and lest anyone forget his rage-fueled voicemail calling his own daughter a fat little pig!) this guy is a world class d-bag, no doubt.

    That being said, I have to agree with him on one score: since 9/11, flight attendants, gate agents, etc. have been on a freakin’ power trip, and customer service or even general kindness to passengers has gone completely out the window.

    Leave the TSA people alone, though. I’d rather have to take off my sneakers and have my carry-on searched than risking some crazy fuck blowing up my plane.

  48. Kellie says:

    Loathe this man. One of the biggest pigs ever.

  49. Meanchick says:

    If everyone else jumped off a cliff . . . ?
    I was on a flight with Rick Schroeder and his family once. One of the flight attendants planted herself next to him, kneeling in the aisle. No one else existed. He was very friendly and it was obvious all the extra attention she gave him was embarrassing him. Some FA are just as bad as the rude passengers.

  50. Callumna says:

    Classic abusive bully. Before he and Kim Bassinger were even thinking about divorce she talked about his dangerous, seething rage. We’ve heard she’s shy and he’s made public fun of her for it, but we’ve never heard her be a rageaholic.

    He’s bullied a wife and 11 year old daughter, and that’s just the beginning.

    The abusers are always charming afterwards. The excuse is yeah I had my electronics out. But I know others were manipulating their phones!

    He had the damn electronics on and they can’t take off like that. His Twitter shows he was still being an ass. His wife and daughter have been the brunt before this stewardess.


  51. Kim says:

    American Airlines Stinks.All their Queers flight att. think they have the power of a police officer.

  52. Yeah, this is insane. The one thing that really grinds my gears is that this isn’t the first time he gets on a plane, and he should know that it’s protocol to turn off all your devices during take-off. Why make a scene? It’s beyond me! Regardless of how much crappier the airline has become, it’s no reason to act that way! I think the guys at Douche of the Week on Youtube make great points about this case!