No one likes getting a pat-down at the airport (okay, maybe some of you do), but if you’re going to publicly vent about the horrors of airport security online, you should probably remember what country you’re in so that your fury is directed to the right agency.
This is a lesson learned earlier this week by Alec “No I’m Not Billy, or Steven, or Daniel, or James” Baldwin after he took to Twitter to express his anger about an airport security pat-down of his 5-month-old daughter Carmen Gabriela.
Al B. and his family were heading back from a visit to the Bahamas when airport security gave a little extra look-see at his infant daughter before letting them all head to their gate.
“Flying from Nassau, Bahamas 2 NY. TSA ‘random selects’ my 5 month old daughter 4 a pat down. I am not kidding. #travelinginUSisadisgrace,” Tweeted the 55-year-old actor.
Even if you agree with Baldwin that traveling in the U.S. is a disgrace, you probably noticed that his Tweet overlooked the fact that, well… he wasn’t in the U.S. when this happened. He might have missed this in Hollywood Hothead Academy, but the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a different country.
And as invasive as the TSA might be, they weren’t the ones patting his daughter down. That would have been the Nassau Airport Authority.
Ever the humble exceedingly wealthy actor, Baldwin once again took to Twitter to correct his earlier statement while still wagging a very convincing finger at the wrongly accused party.
“I wrote re security at Bahamas airport, US TSA or no, to highlight over- zealous practices,” explained Baldwin (we think; Twitter-speak is a language in which I’m not fluent).
He even took time to tut-tut the “brigade of geniuses,” like film critic Richard Roeper, who had publicly corrected his misdirected anger, thanking him “for your wealth of knowledge and understanding.”
You probably know this isn’t the first time the former 30 Rock star has raged against the air travel machine. Back in Dec. 2011, Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight after he refused a flight attendant’s request to stop playing Words With Friends on his phone.
“I guess what I’m saying is: Traveling in the US is a pain in the … ass,” wrote Baldwin on Tuesday, who occasionally has to slum it in business class and sometimes has to wait a few minutes to be picked up by a town car at the airport.