Josh Duhamel and Kevin Smith Fly Into Plane Issues
Josh 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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