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Jets’ Smith receives apology from airline

NEW YORK – New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith received an apology from Virgin America airline following a dispute with a flight attendant last week.

In joint statements released by the Jets yesterday, Virgin America said it reviewed what occurred last Friday at Los Angeles International Airport. The airline called it a “misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily.” Virgin America said it apologized to Smith and welcomed him to fly with them again.

Smith said he appreciated the airline’s review and added he looks forward to using the airline.

Neither statement released details, but a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press last Friday that Smith left the plane on his own after a flight attendant asked him to remove headphones and an argument ensued.

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