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Geno Smith has received an official apology from Virgin America airline, six days after his well-publicised dispute at Los Angeles International Airport, reports ESPN.

The New York Jets quarterback is believed to have been involved in an altercation with a flight attendant, after allegedly failing to remove his headphones, prompting his removal from the plane.

However, according to the New York Post and New York Daily News, it was the 23-year-old's refusal to get off his cell phone prior to takeoff, that resulted in him being kicked off the flight.

After the incident, both the airline and Smith released statements through the Jets, without disclosing any specific details of what happened in the lead up to the journey to Fort Lauderdale.

But, regardless of the conflicting versions of events, it now looks as though the NFL star has been proven innocent of any wrongdoing, following Virgin America airline's expression of regret.

"After a full review of the incident, we believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily," the airline said. "We've apologized to Mr. Smith for his experience, which could have been better - and we'd welcome him back onboard any time.

"As an airline that prides itself on our guest service, we take incidents such as this one very seriously."

Smith's response was short, but accepting: "I really appreciate that Virgin America took this seriously, looked into this matter and followed up with me.

"I look forward to flying their airline again soon."

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