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12:18 PM, Dec 12, 2011   |    comments
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NEW YORK -- Days after being kicked off an American Airlines flight for going off on a flight attendent, Alec Baldwin offered apologies to himself on "Saturday Night Live."

Pretending to be the plane's pilot in SNL's Weekend Update, Baldwin said: "Mr. Baldwin is an American treasure. I am ashamed at the way he was treated. I mean, what harm would it do to let him keep playing his game? Not any game, mind you, but a word game for smart people."

The "30 Rock" star went on a tirade Tuesday after being told to turn off a game of Words with Friends before take off at LAX. 

"Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt," Baldwin tweeted.

On Wednesday, the actor offered apologies to his fellow travelers. In a post entitled "A Farewell to Common Sense, Style, and Service on American Airlines" for the Huffington Post, 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."

"I was singled out by this woman in the most unpleasant of tones," he continued. "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."

While some passengers were annoyed about being delayed by the ordeal, professional boxer Oscar de la Hoya, who was also on board the flight, told reporters: "I didn't think there was [a] problem. I actually felt Alec Balwin, I mean, was turning off his devices, and he just got a little angry."

"I have learned a valuable lesson," Baldwin wrote. "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." 

"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," he added.

American Airlines originally declined comment on the incident, citing privacy purposes. On Wednesday, however, the airline offered its side of the story on its Facebook page.

"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."

The makers of Words with Friends, zynga, shared their thoughts with a twitpic true to their Scrabble-like app format. It read "LET ALEC PLAY."

(NBC News contributed to this report.)

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