Josh Duhamel and Kevin Smith Fly Into Plane Issues

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Josh DuhamelJosh Duhamel did not make it to Kentucky last Thursday on his originally planned flight; he didn’t even leave Los Angeles due to a complication of sorts. Duhamel was booted off the plane when he refused to turn off his BlackBerry. The 38-year-old actor had boarded the US Airways flight at New York’s La Guardia Airport and a flight attendant repeatedly asked him to turn his phone off, as is usual procedure, but Duhamel refused. (Mobile phones are not allowed as they can negatively affect navigational equipment in the cockpit.)

Duhamel’s non-compliance sent the plane back, down the runway and back to the gate. Officers had to board the plane and accompany Duhamel off the plane. Access Hollywood was told “it was not my favorite moment” from Duhamel. Duhamel chalks up the experience to “lessons learned” and a source says he was texting regarding the delayed flight. Duhamel is married to Fergie of the hit music group, Black Eyed Peas. Fergie is a brands spokeswoman for Avon, and was recently seen launching the new “Avon Voices” campaign. The Black Eyed Peas also recently performed at the 2o10 Super Bowl, becoming the next funk act following the notorious 2004 Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performance. Duhamel, the “Transformers” and “Life as We Know It” actor is said to be sorry for the incident; US Airways passengers were delayed 90 minutes because of his escapades.

Speaking of actors having issues on planes, Kevin Smith was recently held back from departing on his planned Virgin America flight to LAX on Tuesday. Smith was not allowed on a Southwest flight back in February for being too “large” but this time, Virgin America refused to let Smith, his wife Jennifer Schwalbach, and their friend Jason Mewes, board their flight from John F. Kennedy airport in New York! While Smith and crew allegedly reached the gate at 11:35, 10 minutes before the scheduled departure, they found the gates closed and their bags stuck on the flight. Smith came later to board because he wanted to avoid the stares and judgements that he felt would be passed on his weight. On his return home, Virgin America had emailed him, sent him a free ticket, and apologized profusely.

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  1. Jana

    December 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    This jerk needs to get his head out of his ass! Who the hell is he to think that he’s above the rules and regulations of any airline?! He obviously thinks he’s above everyone else because he’s Mr. “Fergie”, but I’ve got news for him; he’s definitely not! (And I used to be a HUGE fan when he was a humble soap star!) Now, he won’t even talk to his old soap star pals! What a guy. (JACK-ASS!)

  2. G Austino

    December 9, 2010 at 5:03 am

    If I show up late to gate will I get free ticket? If you show up late you are LATE. End of discussion!

  3. Amelia Kelly

    December 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    It seems Kevin Smith learnt nothing about the way airlines operate, despite the copious amounts of time he spent on the internet denouncing them.

    Virgin America had nothing to apologise for, if Smith was late, he was late, why should he get special treatment? 149 other people managed to turn up on time, why couldn’t he? Why anyone else should be responsible for Kevin Smith’s own self-esteem issues is beyond me!

  4. Chris

    December 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Duhamel wasn’t just not adhering to an airline’s regulations, he was breaking the law. Flight Attendants are responsible for enforcing FAA reg’s and Fed. laws. Any other passenger in this situation would be required to go before a judge for sentencing (usually a large fine, sometimes jail time as well).

    Smith’s explanation of why he was late is pathetic. If you’re late, then you miss the flight. Virgin America owes him nothing – they were just trying to avoid an negative p.r. And we all know how Smith loves to blog endlessly, crying about being mistreated – if you can’t fit in an airplane seat what do you expect the airline to do?!

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