This Week in Alec Baldwin: An airplane exit, a non-apology apology, and an 'SNL' appearance

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It’s been nearly a week since actor/activist/American treasure Alec Baldwin was kicked off of an American Airlines flight after a dispute with a crew member over his refusal to stop playing Words with Friends on a hand-held electronic devise. In addition to ignoring FAA regulations, Baldwin reportedly made a scene by slamming the bathroom door on the plane and became aggressive and rude to the staff. (That’s right, Jack Donaghy went and pulled a Tracy Jordan.) For most celebrities, a headline-grabbing stunt like that would be enough to get them through the week, if not the entire holiday season, but then again, Alec Baldwin is no ordinary celebrity.

After getting booted from the plane last week, Baldwin went on a Twitter rampage about the incident.(“Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt.”) While it was certainly no voicemail-level of controversy, Baldwin opted to quit Twitter for the time being until the storm passed.

But here’s when Baldwin — whose airline controversy prompted NBC News to do a story on how much electronics could potentially interfere with flights — officially started Reaganing: On Wednesday the Emmy-winning star wrote one of the single-most non-apologetic apologies of all-time for The Huffington Post. While Baldwin did apologize for inconveniencing his fellow passengers, the open letter reads more like an F.U. to AA. Baldwin, who claimed that he was “singled out” by one particular flight attendant, went on to write, “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.”

But Baldwin’s “apology” to American Airlines, who previously released a statement accusing the actor of being “violent, abusive and aggressive” on the flight in question, seemed to work. I mean, how else would you explain Captain Steve Rogers appearing on Saturday Night Live this weekend to apologize right back to Baldwin for their mistreatment of him while he simply tried to play “a word game for smart people.” Watch the moment below in which Captain Steve Rogers, not Alec Baldwin (although that would have been cool, because that guy is an American treasure) admits the error of American Airlines ways:

Would you consider Alec Baldwin’s week Reaganing, PopWatchers? Or anti-Reaganing? (Would that be… Cartering?) Share in the comments section below.

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