In-Flight Horror Stories: Celebrity Meltdowns

If there has been any business getting a bad rap recently, it would definitely have to be airlines. It seems like all of them, especially United Airlines, is having some kind of public relations nightmare every week; United has been kicking people off their flights and giving away seats that were bought for children.

Sometimes, though, an incident on an airplane isn’t the airlines fault. No one hates bad press more than celebrities, but some of them just can’t keep their names out of the spotlight. They may be all high and mighty, but celebrities travel just like us, and that means taking a plane to get from place to place.

And when they board, they can have a meltdown like most of us want to have every time we fly anywhere. We’ve compiled a list of the craziest celebrity meltdowns on airplanes ever, so check it out below!

11. Gerard Depardieu

When you just have to go, what do you do? Grab a bottle – and not a bottle of wine to make you feel better. Gerard Depardieu was on a flight back in 2011. The flight was delayed and the seatbelt sign was on. Gerard had to pee and had to pee big time. He asked the staff if he could use the restroom, but they said the doors were locked until takeoff.

So, his actor friend offered him a plastic bottle to relieve himself with and Gerard did just that! The problem? Apparently, he wasn’t the best shot, as not all of his urine ended up in the bottle. He offered to clean it up, but the staff offered to help him off the plane!


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10. Alec Baldwin

Back in 2011, all Alec Baldwin wanted to do was play Words with Friends, and American Airlines wouldn’t let him! The staff asked Baldwin to power down all electronics, but he refused to do it. He must have had an intense game going. After the fifth time being asked, the actor stormed to the bathroom, banged the wall a couple of times, and then told the flight attendant that “If you want to kick me off, kick me off!” Which they did.

Zynga approved of the meltdown though, as downloads of their app increased by 100,000 in just one day.

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9. Kevin Smith

One seemingly normal day in 2010, director Kevin Smith boarded a Southwest Airlines plane. He’d originally purchased two tickets (to comply with company policies regarding larger passengers) to fly on a later flight, but went on standby for an earlier flight and was accepted. Unfortunately, they only had one seat left.

He made it through security, onto the plane, buckled up, and even put the arm rests down when staff came over and asked him to get off the plane, as his weight was a “safety concern.”

Smith did get off the plane, but then he called Southwest out on his Twitter account. This lead to Southwest apologizing and offering him a $100 voucher. Yes, $100! He declined and proceeded to post multiple YouTube videos on the matter and devoted a whole podcast episode to the craziness.

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