“[Smith] pulled an Alec Baldwin,” an airport official told The Post, alluding to the time the hotheaded actor was tossed from a jet for playing a game on his phone.
Smith had boarded a Virgin America airport flight from LAX back home to Fort Lauderdale when the altercation occurred.
“[Smith] was on the plane. The crew didn’t push off [take-off] because he was on the phone. So, the captain ordered him off the plane. Virgin America wouldn’t rebook him,” the airport source said.
Smith was already off the plane by the time airport police arrived.
“When a flight attendant tells you to get off the plane, you get off the plane,” the insider said.
A report initially published on the sports website Deadspin showed a picture a passenger had tweeted of two airport police talking to Smith
LAX sources expressed surprised that Smith was grounded because of all the airlines, Virgin America is considered the most laid back and least likely to call the police.
Smith told authorities he got the hook because he was black.
A source closed to the first-year QB said Smith was the victim, claiming an overzealous flight attendant triggered the incident.
The Smith confidante said Smith was seated on the plane with his headphones on when a male flight attendant asked him to unplug them, but he didn’t hear the request.
The flight attendant than yanked the cord connecting Smith’s headphones.
The source said when Smith asked the flight attendant why he did that, the flight attendant told Smith he had been instructed to unplug the headphones and did not comply.
Smith told the flight attendant that he did not hear him and the flight attendant then asked Smith to leave the airplane.
Smith left the plane on his own and then asked to speak with a supervisor, who informed him he had to respect the flight attendant’s decision, the source said.
The Jets issued a statement: “We are aware of the report and researching the fact. We will have no comment at this time.”
Smith initially denied he had been tossed off the flight when a TMZ reporter interviewed him before he left the airport.
“Don’t believe that man,” he told the website.