Qantas Airlines vs. Justin Bieber

Australia, Celebrity Travel, Sydney, Travel News — By Candice Walsh on May 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

Poor Justin Bieber can’t catch a break. He’s mocked endlessly, targeted in parodies, and now being scolded by flight attendants.

Alright, it’s totally his fault. While flying from Sydney to Melbourne with Qantas Airlines, Bieber reportedly left his seat as the plane was about to take off. He ignored the “fasten seatbelt” sign to get up and talk to his entourage in coach. Bieber had a brief conversation with the attendant, who scolded him for violating safety regulations and told him to respect her workplace. Ouch! Apparently stung, Bieber apologized and went back to his seat. We can’t tell what’s more disturbing: Bieber’s arrogance, or the fact this made USA Today headlines.

Image: Daniel Ogren/Flickr

Qantas seems to be having its share of troubles with celebrities this year, however. Recently the staff took offense to a new pre-flight instructional video featuring John Travolta, named the airline’s “official ambassador” in 2010. Staff anonymously attacked Travolta online for not being a “real pilot” and for referring to the airline’s employees as a “team,” which apparently made them feel like they work at McDonald’s. Huh?

The funny thing is that Travolta is indeed a pilot, although a recreational one, and he even flew his own Boeing 707 to Haiti to bring relief to victims after the earthquake. He delivered several tonnes of food and medical supplies. Plus we’re fairly certain Travolta didn’t write the cheesy script.

Hmm, Qantas, have you gotten a little too touchy with your celebrities? It’s never a bad idea to bring them down to ground level, but yikes!


Tags: John Travolta, Justin Bieber, Qantas Airlines

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