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Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Alec Baldwin and other VIP flight risks: Do celebs make for unfriendly skies?


Baldwin at a Beverly Hills party a day before the airline incident. (Gys Ruelas/Reuters)
One high-risk group the TSA could start singling out for profiling: Celebrities. In the latest troubling airborne-VIP incident, Alec Baldwin abruptly deplaned from an American Airlines flight before takeoff Tuesday from Los Angeles. The actor angrily tweeted that a flight attendant had scolded him for playing the computer game Words With Friends. But the airline said it was more than that: After refusing to turn off his cellphone, Baldwin ignored the seat-belt light and stormed into the bathroom, slammed the door and “was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names.” A rep for the “30 Rock” star said Wednesday he “was clearly singled out” by the flight attendant, since other passengers live-tweeted the incident “without any repercussions.” (Update, 6:30 p.m.: Baldwin, writing at at the Huffington Post, apologized to fellow passengers for “my ‘issue’ with a certain flight attendant” who he said “had decided to make some example of me,” and claimed the incident illustrated the airline industry’s decline in “common sense, style, and service.”) With these kinds of characters flying, how safe are the skies anyway? See a list of VIP flight risks. . .


Duhamel (Matt Sayles/AP)
Josh Duhamel: Last December, the “Transformers” star was booted off a Kentucky-bound flight for refusing to turn off his BlackBerry.

Naomi Campbell: Handcuffed and escorted off a 2008 British Airways flight after squabbling with the crew over missing luggage.


Campbell (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Ivana Trump: A rant at some noisy kids on a 2009 Delta flight turned into a showdown with crew and a quick trip off the plane.

Peter Buck: The REM guitarist was charged with assault and intoxication after overturning a meal trolley and scuffling with crew on a 2002 British Airways flight; cleared after arguing that a bad mix of sleeping pills and wine messed him up.


Depardieu (Roberto Pfeil/AP)
• Victoria Osteen: The televangelist’s wife got into it with a flight attendant over some spilled liquid before a Houston-to-Vail trip in 2005, was asked to leave the plane.

Gerard Depardieu: Held up a flight for two hours in August when a cleaning crew was called in after he relieved himself in a first-class aisle.

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