Josh Duhamel was kicked off a plane in New York after refusing to turn off his BlackBerry. If this is true, Duhamel is going to take a hit to his public image, an image that has always shown him as being a really nice guy and a ladies’ man in film.
According to TMZ, was already on board a flight that was going from New York to Kentucky when he was approached by a flight attendant who asked him to turn off his BlackBerry. This is where things got a bit dramatic, as Duhamel allegedly didn’t pay very much attention to the requests.
A passenger stated that Duhamel was asked three times to turn off his BlackBerry, and after the third time he laughed at the request from the flight attendant. It was at this point the attendant became frustrated and went to ask for help dealing with this passenger. The plane was then taken back to the gate, where two US Airways representatives boarded the plane and removed Duhamel.
This is one of those celebrity run-ins that people remember for a long time, and it seems that Duhamel has just placed some light on his less-than-savory behavior on that flight. It’s hard enough for flight attendants to deal with passengers as it is, but for a celebrity who knows better than this to try to show-up a simple request, it really makes him look bad.
A representative for Duhamel already talked to TMZ about the event, stating that he was texting on the BlackBerry about his flight being delayed, and that Duhamel is sorry for what took place. If he is really sorry, he will do something nice for all of the passengers he delayed with his antics, none of whom are probably happy their flight became delayed even longer because of a celebrity who felt he didn’t have to follow the rules.
Normally this is the type of story where a celebrity or their representative speaks up after the fact, contradicting what took place, and offering a different explanation for what had taken place. That’s not happening in this instance, though, and it seems that Duhamel and his reps are basically admitting that it took place exactly like several passengers reported. If that is the case, this is going to be bad news for Duhamel, who is sure to take a hit to his professional image in the industry.
Some might view the issue of turning off a cell phone as being a pretty mundane offense, but when it gets to the point that the person is kicked off a plane and the flight is delayed for every other passenger on that plane, then it further compounds the issue. Was the offense forgivable? Yes, but he should have turned off his phone as the flight attendant requested, and then we wouldn’t even know that Duhamel had to be asked.
For those who don’t even know who Duhamel is, he was the star of NBC’s Vegas and has been seen in the last two Transformer films.