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article imageAlec Baldwin bashes Greyhound — CEO invites actor for a ride

By Armando Tamayo     Dec 11, 2011 in Entertainment
After being kicked off from an airline flight Tuesday, Alec Baldwin seems to have some problems with traveling in public transportation these days.
The 30 Rock actor made sure everyone notices that he's still one of Hollywood's notorious mischief-maker when he followed up his American Airlines incident with yet another trouble. After being kicked off from an airline flight Tuesday for provoking flight attendants by playing in his iPad, Baldwin posted in a Huffington Post blog how he felt being sifted-out by the airline crew. He then issued a statement that drew the ire of a bus company.
In his column titled "My Flying Lesson" posted in Huffington, Baldwin apologized to his co-passengers in the flight, but then compared the airline experience with a bus line: "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."
Upon learning of the actor's post, Greyhound Lines CEO Dave Leach sent an open letter for Baldwin to news agencies Thursday. In Leach's statement, it defended the bus company's services and expressed displeasure on how Greyhound was dragged into the actor's flight indignation.
Leach writes in the press statement, "I'm the first to admit that Greyhound has had some challenges in the past, so I understand that you probably were basing your comments on that alone. But we've made so many changes in recent years to significantly improve the travel experience."
Leach then described the improved features of the bus company like leather seats, spacious legroom, extra power outlets and free Wi-Fi. He then invited Baldwin to try the "hound for his next excursion", saying: "My guess is you've never traveled with us, but I ask you to give us a try for a number of reasons and see for yourself that we're really a great way to travel."
The bus company's chief officer then made the offer more delightful for the actor by saying that they don't require passengers to turn-off the electronic gadgets and that he can play with "Words with Friends" in his entire trip without any trouble. Baldwin was playing the Scrabble-like online game in his handheld device when he was exhorted by an American Airlines staff.
Leach then reminded the actor how the bus company have changed and how they now pride themselves as an affordable, safe and modern travel option for the public. The bus representative added that Greyhound carries 17 million passengers and the actor should be one of them. "I invite you to meet with me in New York and we'll take a trip to Boston so you can see first-hand what a great ride Greyhound can be" Leach said in the letter.
"We are not the same company we used to be... Greyhound is an American icon, a proud company that many people depend on to get them to their destinations, the same people who watch your films and TV show." Leach writes.
Baldwin recently deleted his Twitter account after a series of scornful and dismissive remarks regarding the American Airline incident. Baldwin has not issued a statement if he would accept the "bus tour" offered by Leach.
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