Fasten Your Seatbelts

Whitney Houston, Minka Kelly and More Bad Celebrity Plane Passengers

Alec Baldwin was reportedly removed from a flight after refusing to turn off his phone while playing the game Words With Friends. From Josh Duhamel to Sharon Stone, see other misbehaved stars.

Alec Baldwin was removed from a flight after refusing to turn off his phone while playing the game Words With Friends. From Josh Duhamel to Sharon Stone, see other misbehaved stars.

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Alec Baldwin

When flight attendants warn passengers to turn off their electronic devices, they mean business. Alec Baldwin was removed from an American Airlines flight Tuesday afternoon when he declined to turn off his cell phone. Baldwin tweeted that he was "reamed out" for playing the popular smartphone game Words With Friends "while we sat at the gate, not moving." But another passenger alleged the plane was already heading for the runway, tweeting that they "had to go back to the gate" because of Baldwin's antics. His rep cheekily explained the situation in an email to CNN: "He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it."

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Whitney Houston

 Despite the lack of drugs, alcohol, and chart-topping tracks in Whitney Houston’s life as of late, she seemingly hasn’t lost her diva attitude. The actress and singer was nearly booted from a Delta Airlines plane in October 2011 for refusing to fasten her seatbelt, TMZ was the first to report. After boarding a flight from Atlanta to Detroit, she allegedly got into an argument with two crewmembers who told her to buckle up. Eventually, she allowed one of them to fasten it for her and the plane was finally able to take off. A source close to Houston told TMZ that she “overreacted a little bit after missing an earlier flight but she's still 100% sober and was on the way to Detroit for her first day of shooting a new movie.” Hopefully, the filming process goes more smoothly.

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Gerard Depardieu

Legendary French actor Gérard Depardieu apparently couldn’t wait for the seat-belt sign to get up and use his plane’s bathroom. When the cabin crew told him he had to wait to use the toilet, he reportedly urinated in the aisle. "I will only confirm that he, in effect, urinated in the plane," a spokeswoman for Air France-KLM. The airline acknowledged the incident on Twitter, joking, "As you may have seen on the news, we are busy mopping the floor of one of our planes this morning," and reminding passengers that their planes have toilets. He has admitted that when he’s stressed, he may drink five to six bottles of wine a day. Maybe he just couldn’t hold it.

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Josh Duhamel

Transformers star Josh Duhamel says he learned his lesson about texting and flying. The actor was booted off a flight from New York to Kentucky for refusing to stop texting and turn off his phone before the plane took off on Thursday. As Duhamel pounded away on his BlackBerry, passengers on the flight grew increasingly angry about the delay and the actor was eventually escorted off the plane so that the flight could take off, according to TMZ's initial report. Duhamel later admitted it was "not [his] favorite moment," to Access Hollywood, adding "I learned that it's best to always turn [phones] off."

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Minka Kelly

What's a girl to do without her cockapoo? TV actress and Derek Jeter's girlfriend Minka Kelly was on a Delta flight leaving John F. Kennedy Airport for LAX when flight attendants told her she was unable to take her dog with her in first class. According to a witness who tipped off Gawker about the alleged September tantrum, the former Friday Night Lights star threw a fit and called her boyfriend. The source said it took seven flight attendants to calm down the "screaming… crying" starlet. But Kelly's lawyer told TMZ she did not throw a fit. Her lawyer also insisted the phone call she made was to her manager's assistant, who booked the flight, in an effort to convince the flight attendants of the special arrangements—she reportedly paid extra to have her companion by her side.

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Kevin Smith

The man behind Silent Bob had a whole lot to say after boarding a Southwest flight to Burbank. Actor/director Kevin Smith, best known for Clerks and Dogma, got off the standby list for a February flight. Despite his good fortune, after he got on, flight attendants allegedly told him he was too heavy to fly. According to Southwest, Smith normally purchases an extra seat, but the star said that was because he doesn't like people. The airline maintained that it was a matter of passenger comfort as well as a threat in the case of emergency, according to People. Smith was outraged and refused to accept Southwest's apology, instead taking to Twitter to rant. "@SouthwestAir, go f--- yourself. I broke no regulation, offered no ‘safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?). I was wrongly ejected from the flight… And f---k your apologetic $100 voucher, @SouthwestAir. Thank God I don't embarrass easily (bless you, JERSEY GIRL training)."

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Sharon Stone

During a Delta flight from Kalispell, Montana, to Salt Lake City in July 2009, Oscar-nominated actress Sharon Stone reportedly caused a scene when a flight attendant told her she needed to check her second piece of luggage. A witness told Stylist.com that Stone "got into a huge fight with [the flight attendant]. They eventually took the bag from her and she screamed at her assistant with her and made a scene during the entire flight." The witness also said that "armed Salt Lake City police officers" met Stone at the airport, but a spokesperson for the Basic Instinct star denied the claims. Stone's rep said she was flying alone without any employees and also added that she was not detained by police, but that she had requested security on her own. Still, the witness insisted, "The uniform had a big Salt Lake City Police patch on the side." Though she once traveled to promote peace in the Middle East, Stone may not feel the same way about harmony in the American Northwest.

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Dave Chappelle

When you gotta go, you gotta go apparently. Comedian Dave Chappelle was on a private jet from New Jersey to Ohio in July when he refused to wear his seat belt and sporadically walked into the cockpit to ask how much longer the plane would be in the air. At one point, Chappelle allegedly grabbed the pilot's arm in desperation for an answer. The pilot finally deemed the actor too erratic to fly and decided to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh instead of the plane's intended destination. Chappelle's rep told TMZ that the restrooms on the plane were "not the kind he needed," which is more than we wanted to know about the TV host's digestion.

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Ivana Trump

Some handle the stress of the holiday season more gracefully than others. Last December, socialite Ivana Trump allegedly threw such a fit on a New York-bound Delta aircraft that she was forcibly escorted off the plane by sheriff's deputies. Donald Trump's ex-wife reportedly began shouting at children who were running up and down the aisle when the plane was set to leave Florida's Palm Beach International Airport, according to police. Trump allegedly called the wild kids "little fuckers" and when fellow passengers and flight attendants tried to calm her down, she reportedly screamed. "Fuck you!" A police spokesperson told The Daily Mail, "She was so belligerent toward other passengers and crew that the plane returned to the terminal." When Trump refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily, she was escorted off instead. No charges were pressed and the spokeswoman for the "Don't get mad, get everything" star did not comment on the incident.

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Clay Aiken

Fast fame can really do things to one's ego. American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken got a bit too comfortable on a Continental flight in 2007 and allegedly wound up putting his feet on the person next to him as he slept. "I didn't realize I was causing the woman any distress until she woke me up with a quick hit to the chest," Aiken told People magazine. The reality-TV star later released a statement saying that somehow, while he snoozed, he put his foot on the woman's armrest. But because the minor incident happened aboard an airplane, the FBI questioned both Aiken and the woman whose space he invaded. The singer learned the hard way to keep his feet to himself.

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Naomi Campbell

Even a pilot's personal apology couldn't calm British supermodel Naomi Campbell, who, in 2008, went berserk after learning British Airways had left her bags behind. "They have lost my fucking bags, get me another flight, get the press, get me my lawyer!" she allegedly screamed to someone on her cellphone, according to the Associated Press. Then, according to the report, Campbell yelled at the captain to find her "fucking bags" immediately. Campbell allegedly had to be dragged from the plane at London's Heathrow Airport, kicking, screaming, spitting, and accusing the crew of racism. "It is because I am a black woman? You are all racists. I am going to sue you," she yelled, according to the claim. A London court later sentenced Campbell to 200 hours of community service for the fit, adding to her many brushes with the law.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers

In between stints in rehab, Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers—best known as King Henry VIII in Showtime's series The Tudors—has become infamous for unleashing drunken terror on airport and airline staffs. In November 2007, Meyers was arrested in Dublin Airport while drunk and charged with two offenses. Two years later, at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, he attacked the staff of a bar who refused to continue to serve him and was then hauled off to appear before a French correctional tribunal. "He was like a man possessed," a witness told The Telegraph. This year, Meyers got himself banned from United Airlines for "slamming" drinks in the first-class lounge and using abusive, racist language at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Shortly after the latest incident, Meyers headed back to rehab and thus far, he's remained free of airline inebriation-induced altercations.

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Mo'Nique

Comedian Mo'Nique was not laughing in 2006 shortly after boarding a United Airlines flight. The Precious actress' stylist—who was seated in coach—reportedly tried to stow a hairdryer in the first-class bin where Mo'Nique was sitting. Several flight attendants allegedly refused to believe the hairdryer belonged to Mo'Nique and the Oscar winner reportedly lost her cool. She was escorted back to the gate at Chicago's O'Hare Airport and the airline crew called the police, complaining of a "disgruntled and belligerent passenger." Mo'Nique, however, claimed it was an instance of racism. "It was humiliating," she told the New York Daily News. "I felt like I was being treated like an animal. This happens to black people all the time, and they don't have a voice. I have a voice."

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Senator David Vitter

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter's name was in the "little black book" of clients kept by the "D.C. Madame," the head of high-profile prostitution ring in the nation's capital. But the incumbent politician is no fun to have on your plane, especially if he happens to be running late. In March 2009, he arrived at his gate at Dulles Airport in D.C. just 20 minutes before the flight was scheduled to take off. Upset to find the door already closed, Vitter allegedly launched into a heated altercation with airline staff and eventually tried to pry open the door to the jetway himself. According to reports, he set off an alarm and an investigation was launched. Vitter was eventually cleared of misconduct and claimed the account was extremely exaggerated. "I accidentally went through a wrong door at the gate," he said in a statement. "I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be."

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Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers did not start off 2010 on the right foot. The comedian was about to board a Continental flight from Costa Rica to New Jersey's Newark International Airport after spending New Year's Eve with her family. But security questioned the name on her passport: The funnylady says her passport reads "Joan Rosenberg AKA Joan Rivers" (Rosenberg is her late husband's last name). According to the comedian, "Some moron, idiot decided, as we were literally going to the plane... that they didn't understand why my passport had two names on it. And I was denied access to the plane." Stranded in Costa Rica with only $100, Rivers told the guard, "You must be kidding, I'm gonna have a heart attack over this." The guard reportedly sarcastically suggested she call a paramedic. Eventually, Rivers was able to fly out of another Costa Rican airport three hours away and later, she joked about the incident to the New York Daily News. "If I were going to make up an alias, I wouldn't pick Rosenberg. I'd pick Jolie or Pitt," she joked. "Do terrorists wear Manolo Blahniks? I can tell you Donna Karan does not make anything that hides a bomb."

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Steven Slater

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater became world famous in just a few hours in August 2010. After a confrontation with a passenger aboard a flight to New York, Slater announced over the plane's PA system that he was quitting his job and told the passengers: "Go fuck yourselves." He then grabbed two Blue Moon beers and slid out of the plane on the aircraft's inflatable emergency slide. Slater was arrested at his home in Queens that evening, but his story ensured him a few months of fame. In October, Slater pleaded guilty to his profanity-laced tirade and walked (not slid) away from the incident with mandatory mental-health counseling. Still, Slater remains an unlikely American hero and our favorite quitter of 2010.