Virgin America airline apologized to New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith on Thursday after he was asked to leave a plane last week following a disagreement with a flight attendant.

Both issued statements regarding an incident that occurred at Los Angeles International Airport.

The statement from Virgin America reads:

"After a full review of the incident, we believe it was the result of a misunderstanding that regrettably escalated unnecessarily. 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 in his statement thanked the company.

"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," Smith said.

Smith had boarded a Virgin America flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the incident occurred. He left the plane before airport police arrived and spoke with him.

The New York Post and New York Daily News quoted unnamed airport officials that said Smith was thrown off the plane for refusing to get off his cell phone prior to takeoff. The captain reportedly ordered him off the plane and the airline refused to re-book him on another flight.

Smith wasn't arrested and police didn't file an incident report, according to a public information officer for LAX police.