These Are the Most Embarrassing Reasons Why Celebrities Have Gotten Kicked Off Planes

Flying can be a major pain, even if you’re famous. Most celebrities get used to dealing with airport security, navigating around the airport, and talking with the gate agents and flight attendants. But even celebrities who fly all the time don’t always stay on their best behavior by the time they get ready to board the plane. In fact, airlines have had to kick many celebrities off their flights for some pretty embarrassing reasons.

Read on to check out the most memorable occasions when airlines chose to remove a very famous passenger from a flight.

1. Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong

The Green Day lead singer got kicked off a Southwest flight. | RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

  • Wouldn’t pull up his sagging pants

E! Online reports that in 2011, a Southwest flight attendant asked Billie Joe Armstrong to pull up his sagging pants as he boarded a flight from Oakland to Los Angeles. The Green Day vocalist refused. Then, he got into an argument with the flight crew instead. So the airline kicked him off the plane — all for wearing his pants too low.

Next: This star’s cell phone addiction got him in trouble.

2. Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin at the Emmy Awards

Actor Alec Baldwin got a little too addicted to a popular mobile game. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

  • Didn’t want to stop playing Words with Friends on his phone

Back in 2011, plenty of us played Words with Friends on our phones. Alec Baldwin famously loved the game. He didn’t want to stop playing it on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. So when the flight crew asked him to stop, Baldwin lashed out at the flight attendants and American Airlines in a barrage of tweets. Ultimately, the airline kicked him off the flight.

Next: This celebrity didn’t have proper ID.

3. Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes told the pilot to Google her. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

  • Tried to fly without an ID

You need a valid form of photo identification to fly. (That’s true even if you’re famous enough that lots of people would recognize you.) Amanda Bynes found that out the hard way in 2013, when the crew wouldn’t let her get on a flight without an ID. E! Online reports that the actress told the pilot to Google her. But it didn’t work, and the airline still wouldn’t allow her on the plane.

Next: This star threw a tantrum over a luggage delay.

4. Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell’s temper got her thrown off a flight. | Francois Guillot/AFP/ Getty Images

  • Threw a fit when her bags didn’t make it onto the plane

It’s always a bummer when your bags don’t make it onto your plane. (Nobody wants their airline to lose their luggage!) But you can always choose to respond gracefully, unlike Naomi Campbell, who E! Online reports “flew into a rage blackout” upon learning of a luggage delay. The crew asked Campbell to deplane. Even worse? The supermodel kicked and spat on police officers who had to drag her off the plane.

Next: This celebrity drunkenly argued with a flight attendant. 

5. Blac Chyna

Lisa Bloom, Blac Chyna, and Walter Mosley speak

Police arrested Blac Chyna at the Austin airport. | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

  • Got into a drunken argument with a flight attendant

Showing up to a flight drunk and getting into an argument with a flight attendant? As Blac Chyna found out in 2016, the combination offers a pretty easy way to get kicked off a flight. As E! Online reports, police arrested the model at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for public intoxication. Fortunately, Rob Kardashian showed up to bail her out.

Next: This actor didn’t want to turn off his phone.

6. Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel didn’t want to turn his phone off. | Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP/ Getty Images

  • Refused to turn off his BlackBerry

Back in 2010, many airlines wanted passengers to turn their phones off in the air. (Luckily, times have changed! We now we have airplane mode and in-flight Wi-Fi.) As his flight from New York to Lexington, Kentucky, taxied down the runway, Josh Duhamel didn’t want to comply with the crew’s request to turn off his BlackBerry. Consequently, the pilot actually turned the plane around to have the actor escorted off the flight.

Next: This star got angry when a passenger made a request. 

7. Leisha Hailey

Leisha Hailey

Leisha Hailey didn’t respond quietly to this complaint. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

  • Kissed her girlfriend, and responded with profane language when a passenger complained

Actress and musician Leisha Hailey got kicked off a Southwest flight in 2011 for a pretty surprising reason. She kissed her girlfriend, Camila Grey, who was seated next to Hailey. A member of the flight crew asked Hailey and Grey to stop, in response to the complaint of a fellow passenger. Both Hailey and Grey responded with “abusive language,” which Southwest later insisted was the reason it kicked them off the flight.

Next: This celebrity showed up too drunk.

8. David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff

Actor David Hasselhoff didn’t make a good impression on British Airways. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

  • Showed up too drunk for a 7 a.m. flight

Airlines don’t like to serve drunk or unruly passengers. In fact, they’ll physically restrain or remove passengers who get too disorderly. David Hasselhoff found that out the hard way when British Airways left him at Heathrow for showing up too drunk for an early-morning flight.

Next: This actor got caught with traces of an illicit drug.

9. Charlie Heaton

atalia Dyer (L) and Charlie Heaton attend the Entertainment Weekly Celebration of SAG Award Nominees

Officials detained Charlie Heaton at LAX. | Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly

  • Got caught with traces of cocaine in his luggage

Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton was denied entry into the U.S. — and missed the series’ season 2 premiere party — when officials at LAX found traces of cocaine in his luggage. Drug-sniffing dogs made the discovery. Officials didn’t arrest Heaton, but they detained him at the airport and then put him on a plane back to London.

Next: This celebrity threw around some pretty bratty insults. 

10. Conrad Hilton

Conrad Hilton (R) and his Father Richard Hilton attend court for Conrad's sentencing after causing a disturbance aboard an international flight from London to Los Angeles

Conrad Hilton got sentenced to three years of probation for this incident. | David Buchan/Getty Images

  • Called other passengers “peasants”

Conrad Hilton, brother to Paris Hilton, learned the hard way that you shouldn’t threaten the flight crew or yell at your fellow passengers. E! Online reports that Hilton threatened the British Airways crew on a transatlantic flight in 2015. He also called his fellow passengers “peasants.” The crew restrained Hilton in his seat, and had police waiting for him upon arrival.

Next: This star didn’t want to follow a basic safety rule. 

11. Whitney Houston

Performers Whitney Houston and Ray-J sit ringsid

Whitney Houston didn’t want to buckle up. | John Gichigi /Getty Images

  • Refused to buckle her seatbelt

Even travelers who routinely zone out during the flight attendants’ safety demonstration know that they have to buckle their seatbelts. But Whitney Houston almost got kicked off a plane in Atlanta for refusing to comply with this basic safety rule. The crew warned the singer that if she didn’t have to fasten her seatbelt, Delta would remove her from the flight. So she eventually allowed a crew member to buckle it for her.

Next: This celebrity started a loud argument. 

12. Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Courtney Love got into a loud argument. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for amfAR

  • Got into a “verbal spat” before her flight took off

Here’s a very good reason to converse politely with the flight crew, your travel companions, and your fellow passengers. If you get into a boisterous argument with the cabin crew, your airline may kick you off your flight, like Virgin Atlantic did to Courtney Love in 2003. Police escorted Love across the tarmac when she landed, and authorities detained her for several hours.

Next: This star smuggled drugs into Japan. 

13. Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles"

A few decades ago, Paul McCartney made a pretty daring choice on a flight to Japan. | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

  • Carried half a pound of marijuana on a flight to Japan

Even today, you’d get in big trouble for carrying half a pound of marijuana onto a plane. But Paul McCartney did just that in 1980. At the Tokyo airport, customs agents arrested the singer-songwriter, who had tucked the marijuana into one of his suit jackets.

Next: This star got upset when the flight crew wouldn’t pour her a drink.

14. Kate Moss

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EasyJet kicked Kate Moss off a flight. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

  • Threw a tantrum when the crew wouldn’t serve her alcohol

On an EasyJet flight in 2015, flight attendants refused to serve Kate Moss alcohol. She became disruptive, by some accounts. One even reported that her next move was drinking from a bottle of vodka in her luggage. The airline then called the authorities to have the supermodel escorted off the plane.

Next: This actor had a little too much to drink.

15. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

United Airlines banned Jonathan Rhys-Meyers for life. | Valery Hache/ AFP/ Getty Images

  • Showed up for his flight too drunk and belligerent to board

In 2010, Jonathan Rhys Meyers had a little too much fun passing the time before his flight in the first class lounge. The gate agents saw that he was too belligerent and disruptive to board. They tried to turn him away, but according to E! Online, the actor “got into a scuffle with the attendants and is now banned for life from flying United Airlines.”

Next: This star packed an item you should never take to the airport. 

16. Christian Slater

Christian Slater

Christian Slater made a rookie travel mistake. | Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Boarded a flight with an unloaded pistol in 1994

Most people know that you should never board a plane with a firearm in your carry on baggage. But Slater did the “unthinkable,” according to E! Online. The actor then got arrested. He had to complete three days of community service. We have a feeling he’d have gotten in much deeper trouble if that happened more recently.

Next: This celebrity got kicked off a flight for a very suspicious reason.

17. Kevin Smith

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Southwest kicked Kevin Smith off a flight for a very strange reason. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

  • Got kicked off a plane because of his size

Southwest Airlines kicked filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith off a flight not because he had too much to drink or started an argument, like other celebrities, but because of his size. Smith said he had no trouble fitting in his seat, buckling his seatbelt, or lowering his armrests. His guess? He thought that he got kicked off the flight by an airline employee who didn’t like his movies.

Next: This celebrity broke a strange rule while traveling by private plane.

18. Snoop Dogg

Man in glasses and bow tie posing

Italian authorities caught Snoop Dogg breaking this rule. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI

  • Carried too much cash with him

Some celebrities, like Snoop Dogg, have managed to get stopped by the authorities even when they fly via private plane. Italian police stopped the rapper as he prepared to board a private plane with $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage. In the European Union, you can only board a plan with a maximum of 10,000 euros — an amount that the rapper dramatically exceeded.

Next: This celebrity yelled at the children on her flight. 

19. Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump got kicked off a flight for a pretty good reason. | Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

  • Screamed profanities at children on her flight

Not everybody likes children, or wants to listen to them on a flight. But in 2009, Ivana Trump got escorted off a flight for throwing a fit over the presence of some boisterous children on the plane. E! Online reports that Trump “ended up screaming profanities at them, calling them ‘little f–kers.'”

Next: Technology got this star in trouble. 

20. Wiz Khalifa

Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa

A hoverboard got Wiz Khalifa in trouble at LAX. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

  • Refused to stop riding his hoverboard

When rapper Wiz Khalifa refused to stop using his hoverboard to get around LAX, Customs and Border Patrol officers handcuffed and detained him.  CNN reports that there was no record of an actual arrest resulting from the incident. But Khalifa said he thought the incident was ironic, given his assumption that law enforcement officers will “be riding [hoverboards] soon as well.”

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