Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb both recently launched into profanity-laced tirades in separate airport incidents. Tudors star Rhys Meyers got himself banned for life from United Airlines for raging at employees at JFK in New York who wouldn’t allow him on a flight to Los Angeles. The actor was allegedly downing vodka at 7am in the airport VIP lounge. Gibb became enraged after he was randomly selected for extra security checks. Rather than be patted down, Gibb told security to “eff off” and went home instead of getting on his British Airways flight to Los Angeles.
Rhys Meyers has never been banned from life from an airline before, but he has been arrested at airports — twice. Why yes, alcohol was also cited in those incidents. Reportedly his next trip is to rehab. Meanwhile, Gibb was able to switch his £5,000 ticket to a later date. In fact, BA’s spokesperson didn’t mention his potty mouth at all, saying only that a “passenger who was due to fly to LA voluntarily chose not to travel because they did not want to be subjected to additional security searches.”
The Jonathan Rhys Meyers Rehab and Airport Arrest Timeline:
- May 2005: First rehab stint
- April 2007: Second rehab stint
- November 2007: Arrested at Dublin Airport for being drunk and in breach of the peace; charges were later dropped
- February 2009: Month-long stay at a clinic
- May 2009: Arrested for allegedly attacking a number of bar staff at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport who he threatened to kill
A witness of the Robin Gibb incident gave a much more colorful account than the BA spokesman:
He went absolutely crazy and was swearing his head off at the check-in team. It wasn’t their fault – people are selected at random by the computer for extra checks. But he wasn’t having any of it. He was told by security to calm down or he would not be able to fly. He told them to eff off. When it became clear to him he could not board without the extra checks he stormed out. He was spitting feathers and everyone in the lounge was horrified.
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