Will Smith refuses to fly with commoners

Will Smith had a very strong reaction when he found out he’d been booked to fly coach with Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, on a short trip from Dublin to Manchester, England. He immediately shelled out $15,000 to charter a private jet for the 50-minute flight rather than sit next to common folk, according to the UK paper The Mirror. Airline staff were furious because they’d made special arrangements for Smith, 42, and his entourage to be whisked through the Manchester ­terminal. One airline worker told the paper: “We know he is used to ­travelling in style but we were really put out.” Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and son Jaden Smith are accompanying daughter Willow Smith, 10, who is performing with Justin Bieber on his European tour. An Aer Lingus source said: “It raised a few eyebrows when we heard because it seemed to be a bit of a snub. It surprised everyone because it’s a short flight and economy is still very ­comfortable.”

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  1. C-Dub • March 25, 2011 @ 1:21 PM

    Who cares. He’s got the cash, BUT to have the airport personel go out of their way to expedite the Smith family onto the plane quicker and then jam out on all the effort the employees put in is not cool. Hopefully Will Smith will do something nice for them. Maybe along the lines that Johnny Depp did for Pirates crew members when he bought them all winter jackets for their efforts.

  2. Yo • March 25, 2011 @ 2:37 PM

    Seriously, special arrangements? They probably set it up to put the entire family in the centre of the plane. I have a feeling he had paid for first class in the first place, and they tried to screw him with this economy class crap. You know what, even if he “thinks” he’s all that, guess what people? He is… you cannot shun a guy for having some amazing talent, bring laughter, joy, sadness, and just a general good time to your lives for the past 15 years. He worked his ass off to get where he is, and no bs airline is going to try to screw him over. I don’t believe the airline, I think they saw Will Smith, and made sure they did what they could to drive the attention to them….

  3. max powersssssssssssssssssssssss • March 25, 2011 @ 6:04 PM

    maybe it was full of white ppl and he found them gross

  4. Jessica • March 26, 2011 @ 12:07 AM

    Ok seriously, if this story was about Stephen Speilberg or Tom Hanks or Harrison Ford, would most of you be saying what your saying?? Is it because he’s black your having such an issue with this?? Stephen Speilberg has a private helicopter, many actors travel first class, what’s the friggin problem?? Who gives a CHit!
    This is why people want to be ‘rich n famous’ they want better things. How do we know what’s going on in their lives? There could be good reason he did what he did and the entourage could be security for all you know.

  5. Brian • March 26, 2011 @ 11:24 AM

    Will Smith, remember you came from nothin to somethin. I guess you’re scared of the common irish. What’s wrong with you.

  6. John • March 27, 2011 @ 8:29 PM

    Who really cares? There are only 2 types of people in the World; those who believe that we all live on a planet that revolves around the Sun…..the rest believe that everything revolves around THEM!! No matter how big their bank account, they whine and bitch about every little thing that doesn’t go exactly their way. It was a 50 minute flight – they probably wasted more time trying to re-schedule the charter flight. It would’ve been a good lesson in humility and manners for Smith’s children if Will & Jada would have just sucked it up, grinned and bear the slight inconvenience of flying coach. Instead, he told them by his actions that if you don’t like the way things are going for you, just pay to have them changed. It may be the way of the world, but what about values? This is not a race or colour thing, it’s a human thing – sorry Will, you proved to be a little less human (or noble) than many of us thought you were.

  7. AndWHAT?! • March 28, 2011 @ 2:03 AM

    The sensationalist title of this article says it all. Who gives a muthaf^ck!nflyingf^ck!¿ We ALL know and see what celebrities go through (TMZ) Being a successful well known celebrity with money…WHY NOT?

  8. TruthBeTold • March 29, 2011 @ 11:00 AM

    I don’t know, 50 minutes being mauled by fans would seem like a pretty long time. He’s most likely protecting his kids from the anxiety of it too. Give him a break, it’s his money and he should spend it the way he wants. Go earn your own and then you can judge!

  9. TruthBeTold • March 29, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

    And C-Dub? Employees going out of their way? Don’t fall for the propagandization of this crap “article”. Anything you do in the course of your 8 hour shift is YOUR FLIPPING JOB!!!!!!!!! I’m so SICK of people BITCHING about having to do anything out of the same old same old, put any sort of effort into their work, or adapt to changing situations. Geez, it’s your job, do it, get paid and go home. Quit snivling and grow up!

  10. @max p • April 4, 2011 @ 4:53 AM

    LOL. I liked will smith when he was on fresh prince but hardly since, I don’t get why everyone even likes him. I liked ONE of his movies and cant even remember what it was called, it’s the one where he lives in public washrooms with his kid and I liked it because of the humility of his character which is not how he is now and certainly not how he raises his kids and I don’t say this because he wouldn’t fly economy. If I had a choice I wouldn’t fly economy either, especially if I were famous! people like him don’t belong in economy, that just makes no sense but for such a short flight, i don’t see what the big deal was I am sure most of their fellow passengers would have been civilized. I just find the smiths to be so snotty and that to me is ugly, esp their kids who will grow up to be just like Hillary from fresh prince, or a paris hilton of sorts, minus the porn. And Barbara, what kind of family man leaves his family for another woman?

  11. Lacey • June 12, 2011 @ 7:26 PM

    Stuck up snob. Nouveau riche are the worst.

  12. CarlosC • August 26, 2016 @ 9:08 AM

    I am certain that many will give Mr. Will Smith and family a pass in that because “he” is well known and has the “money” that he chose to fly private. All well and good. However, it is true that many fans do not know how to “behave” and would be absolutely attrocious in their demands of time, photos, and autographs. All fine. But what also many do seem to forget, that along with the rabid and unruly photo and autograph hounds; often, there are the respectfull one’s that the ones that have truly provided the money and adulation that has enabled him to become well known and wealthy. Giving autographs, photos, and time to those who truly care for him and his family, is a small sacrifice in comparison to what these true fans have enabled him to gain. Fame; wealth, notoriety, respect, etc. Many movie and television stars should remember that as well. Once at the top, many stars think that they are entitled. Not saying he feels like that, but its a fact that should never be forgotten by the “famous”.

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