Shocking Celebrity Travel Incidents and How NOT to Make Their Mistakes When it comes to making bad decisions in the air and around the world, celebrities are only human. But the difference between them and us is that, thanks to social media and the 24/7 news cycle, their travel blunders go BIG. Here, we share some expert advice on how not to be like them! Budget Travel Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014, 4:00 PM "Please fasten your seatbelts—there's a celebrity onboard!" (Nikolai Sorokin/Dreamstime) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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Shocking Celebrity Travel Incidents and How NOT to Make Their Mistakes

When it comes to making bad decisions in the air and around the world, celebrities are only human. But the difference between them and us is that, thanks to social media and the 24/7 news cycle, their travel blunders go BIG. Here, we share some expert advice on how not to be like them!

Airplane cockpit

"Please fasten your seatbelts—there's a celebrity onboard!"

(Nikolai Sorokin/Dreamstime)

"Do you even know who I AM??" Is there a sillier sentence in the English language? But when celebrities aren't zooming around on their private jets, they have to travel like the rest of us. And when things go wrong, the same rules apply to everyone... Stars just shout a little louder in protest. Here are eight downright bizarre celebrity travel incidents—and our advice for how to handle sticky travel situations better than they did. Hint: Don't take to Twitter when you're the one who's wrong.

Will.i.am Rants About United Airlines Giving Away His Seat

Wacky celebrity travel incident:

Boom-boom-ouch. The Black-Eyed Peas rapper lashed out at United Airlines on Twitter recently when the airline gave away his first-class seat: "@united I'm sitting in the airport ready to fly to china for a business meeting & i want to thank you so much for giving my seat away..." He went on to name-check airlines that he says "wait for premium passengers to arrive," giving props to British Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Air, and Qantas. United didn't respond, but Will's case isn't exactly sympathetic: He himself admitted he arrived the airport at 12:30 p.m. for a 1:15 p.m. international flight.

What Will.i.am should have done:

Pulling up at an airport only 45 minutes before the plane is scheduled to take off is courting disaster. United's website specifies that you need to be completely finished with check-in and baggage 45 minutes before the flight. And always check in online beforehand. When flights are oversold, airlines start giving away the seats of people who haven't checked in yet, says travel expert John DiScala, better known as Johnny Jet. If you do find that your seat was given away due to over-sale, not weather issues, don't take to Twitter to vent. Politely speak to an agent, and look on the bright side: "If they involuntarily bump you, you can get compensation," DiScala says. "The rules are if they take four hours or later to get you to your destination, they owe you $1,300 in cash."

Kanye West Pretends to Yell on His Phone Rather Than Talk to Fellow Travelers

Wacky celebrity travel incident:

Yeezus's travel behavior is legendary. He was arrested twice for altercations with the paparazzi at airports and once grabbed the PA mic on a Delta flight to do an impromptu rap of "Good Life" and "Gold Digger." West, who once tried to launch his own travel-booking website, Kanye Travel Ventures, was recently seen on film saying he tries to "avoid airports at all costs" due to people pestering him and often pretends to be speaking harshly to an imaginary person on his phone when fans approach.

What Kanye West should have done:

We feel Kanye on this one: It's painful to endure others' attempts at chitchat when you want to be left alone. If pretending to be absorbed in a fake task to avoid talking to your seatmate rings a little too rude to you, etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore, founding director of the Protocol School of Palm Beach, suggests always traveling with headphones or simply closing your eyes to get the point across. "If the person still insists on talking to you, simply say something like, 'I hope you don't mind, but I've had a long day (or I'm going to have a long day), so I'm going to X,'" she says. "Fill in the blank with 'get some rest,' 'catch up on my reading,' or 'get some work done.' Be firm but polite."

Alec Baldwin Refuses to Put Away His Phone on a Flight

Wacky celebrity travel incident:

The only winner in this famous kerfuffle was Words With Friends for the free publicity. After being thrown off an American Airlines flight for refusing to put his phone away while playing the game, Baldwin took to Twitter to complain, later writing an entire blog post for the Huffington Post explaining his side of the story. His real beef wasn't with rules about electronics during takeoff; it was with the flight attendants, some of whom he said don't adhere to the "old idea of service" and instead "walk the aisles of an airplane with a whistle around their neck and a clipboard in their hands and they have made flying a Greyhound bus experience." One of those killjoys, he says, unfairly singled him out.

What Alec Baldwin should have done:

Flight attendants have one of the most underappreciated jobs in the travel industry. "Rarely are people nice to the flight attendants," DiScala says. "All they really care about is if you smile and you're kind to them." Baldwin could have gotten on their good side by toting along chocolate for them and for the gate attendants—and not necessarily the expensive stuff. "I'll go to Target and get a couple bags of Hershey Kisses, and they love it." And if the flight attendant tells you to put your phone away, just do it. The game will keep until you land.

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