Madonna's Special Treatment Angers Virgin Airline Passengers

Posted Dec 20th 2010 10:24 AMUpdated Dec 20th 2010 01:19 PM

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With snow causing shutdowns at UK airports, passengers on a diverted Virgin Atlantic flight from New York are complaining, not about the weather but about special treatment given Madonna and her entourage.

Flight VS010 was supposed to land at Heathrow, but was instead diverted to Standsted Airport, where passengers sat on the plane for nearly three hours -- except for Madonna, who was reportedly allowed to disembark two hours before everyone else.

"After about an hour, a bus came along and took her and her party of about 15 off the plane. It seemed a -- little unfair -- it's not like she is the President or anything. The rest of us all had to wait for another two hours," a disgruntled fellow passenger tells the UK's Daily Mail.

A statement from Virgin, obtained by AOL Travel News, says the plane was diverted "due to very difficult weather conditions" and the disembarkation was delayed by ground crew until buses arrived to take passengers to London's Heathrow. "We apologize for any inconvenience this diversion caused, but for safety reasons this action was unavoidable."

As for Madonna's special treatment, Virgin says, "It is common across airlines that business- and first-class passengers disembark first and this is reflected in the higher cost of the ticket."

But the unidentified passenger, who was also in Virgin's Upper Class, says "Madonna was taken off the plane way before the rest of the first-class people. We were all grumbling about it."

The passenger also complains the Queen of Pop used her hour-long delay to do yoga in the plane's aisles.

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Sam

Folks - Virgin Atlantic doesn't have a first class (only economy and business). Also, Madonna normally flies British Airways (first) and last time she flew there were no issues. My friend was a passenger behind her, spoke with her and she was polite, and she disembarked with other First Class passengers (not on her own, first). If you really want to trust the Daily Mail, go ahead...

Most of you complaining are probably the same people yelling at Delta/US Air/United Check-In Staff because you have to pay for a bag - THAT'S a diva tantrum :)

December 30 2010 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bethonna

I like the idea that she is flying commercial. In 2007, she particpated in Al Gore's Live Earth event and afterwards, she and the other performers were taken to task for having private jets and their big environmental footprints. Shortly there after, she sold her plane and has been flying commercial ever sense. Except when she is touring. I like it. Plus, yoga in the aisles, too funny.

December 21 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carolyn Reynolds


Queen of Pop?????? Who gave her that title. She's not all that.

December 21 2010 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rifraf64

I regret to inform you that Madonna IS more special than all of you combined! She is a woman of incredible accomplishments and historical relavance and has earned the right to have special treatment. I would pay thousands, just to sit next to her and chit chat, or have a drink together. Let's face it jealous people, some people are just a little more interesting than others.

December 20 2010 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
frank

if they ever hold me over on a plane for hours, I will do #1 and #2 on the seat...at least make it inconvient for the ground crew. and I'm sure it will take awhile for the smell to go away. they may have to replace the seat. oh well...us seniors can't hold it as long.

December 20 2010 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

Oh paleese. She is so out there...so full of herself. Some day, maybe not in this life, she will find out she's just an ant like the rest of us. Madonna...give it up, bitch!

December 20 2010 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

Way to go AOL! Once again your teaser is COMPLETELY UNRELATED to the story! "Singer Flew Despite Weather Delays" you claim! Yet NOWHERE in your story does Madonna fly anywhere that the rest of the passengers didn't. What she did get was to DISEMBARK long before the rest. If you people would extract your heads from your backsides, you might yet learn to write coherent, accurate headlines and teasers. Idiots.

December 20 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blonde Ambition

I Iike her music & just a few of her movies. She's worked hard for what she's got, yada yada yada (she's even friends with Jerry Seinfeld - yep, they deserve each other). Her need for attention & pampering got boring years ago. I wouldn't doubt that she feels the world is starting to forget her with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc. getting press ... so she needs to make headlines, come heck or high water. I can only imaging how she would've thrown her weight around if she'd been on the Titanic when it was sinking.

December 20 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

You better get used to it, as the National Socialist Elite i.e Progressive liberals gain in power the more the rest of us will be waiting in line for just about everything. Today its' on planes, tomorrow it will be in Health Care Lines and at Hospitals.

December 20 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Colin

Big deal. Who really cares?

December 20 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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