Alec Baldwin gets '30 Rock' banned from American Airlines?
12/13/2011 by Olivia Allin
Alec Baldwin's ongoing spat with American Airlines might get his NBC series "30 Rock" taken off the airline's in-flight entertainment schedule, if the flight attendants get their way. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents nearly 18,000 American Airlines flight attendants, have demanded that "30 Rock" be banned until Baldwin issues a public apology to American Airlines flight attendants, who he previously called, "retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950's." "The APFA has requested that American Airlines remove the show from future flights, but would be agreeable to implementing it again if, and only if, Mr. Baldwin publicly apologizes to American Airlines flight attendants," the APFA said in a statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter. Baldwin was removed from an American Airlines flight departing from Los Angeles to New York City on December 6 for refusing to turn off his cell phone. The actor claimed in a Tweet from his official Twitter account that he was "reamed" by a flight attendant for playing the "Scrabble"-like mobile game "Words With Friends." On December 7, American Airlines responded to the actor's allegations about the incident in a statement saying that "the passenger" violated regulations and was "extremely rude." "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," the airline statement read. "This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time." Though Baldwin has yet to offer an apology to the airline, he said in a blog post put out by The Huffington Post that he "would like to apologize to the other passengers onboard the flight," adding: "It was never my intention to inconvenience anyone with my "issue" with a certain flight attendant." Following the incident, Baldwin continued to ridicule the airline, claiming he would only fly United and commenting on the flight attendant's intelligence. The actor eventually deactivated his Twitter account, asking fans to follow him at a later date. "There's a difference between being funny and being mean, and those comments he made about our flight attendants were mean," Jeff Pharr of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said after the incident. According to the Hollywood Reporter, American Airline's in-flight programming consists of programs offered to them by NBC-Universal and "30 Rock" often appears in the airline's rotation. NBC had no immediate comment on the attempted ban. On December 10, Baldwin fueled the fire, appearing on "Saturday Night Live" during the "Weekend Update" skit dressed as an American Airlines pilot named Steve Rogers who wanted to apologize to Baldwin for kicking him off a recent flight. Check out Baldwin's "Saturday Night Live" skit below.
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