Jason Derulo just suffered a dose of ego deflation. Derulo and his crew were kicked off a plane for refusing to follow proper boarding protocols. The one-third member of the So You Think You Can Dance judging trio was attempting to travel Saturday from Reno, Nevada to Los Angeles for the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday when Southwest agents and airport police removed Derulo and his entourage.
Writes ContactMusic.com on Aug. 17: “The Talk Dirty hitmaker was preparing to take a Southwest Airlines flight from Reno when one of his security staff was reportedly refused preferred boarding, sparking a stand-off between the singer’s team and airline employees. The group was later escorted off the plane, and Derulo chartered a private jet to get back to L.A.”
According to reports, Derulo and his bodyguard requested an escort so they could be moved onto the plane ahead of the other passengers and bypass security. When they were denied, they evidently pushed ahead and boarded anyway. At that point, gate agents contacted TSA and agents entered the plane and revoked the group’s right to fly.
A rep from Southwest spoke to People, saying: “His team requested an escort and was denied and they believed they were being treated unfairly. When they voiced their concerns to the airline they were told they could not fly and proceeded on the plane anyway. At that point the Southwest agent called the authorities and removed them.”
Derulo briefly spoke to Entertainment Tonight over the incident, which he labeled a “little mishap.” Derulo could have stayed on the plane; agents only took away the tickets belonging to Derulo’s bodyguard and crew. But the singer chose to leave anyway – and paid out of pocket for a private jet.
“It was a little mishap,” the singer said. “Basically, there was a little confrontation with the people that work at the front. We were literally just trying to not cause a ruckus. My security was just trying to tell the agent, ‘Can we go to this section so we don’t cause a ruckus?’ They weren’t being very accommodating. One of the guys came on the plane, and one of my people were like, ‘You’re full of s**t.’”
Derulo added: “I had nothing to do with it. I didn’t say anything to anybody. So they kicked me off a plane. Southwest, you got some problems,” adding that he’s “learned from the experience.” And what exactly did the songwriter take away from it all? “I’m getting myself a jet so I won’t have that problem.”
Southwest issued a statement, writing: “According to our employees, the group refused to follow boarding procedures. Initial reports indicate that several customers complained about the group’s behavior. Our crew, responsible for the safety and comfort of all customers on board, attempted to diffuse the situation; ultimately, local authorities were called and the decision was made to deny boarding to the group.”
After they were on board a private jet, Derulo posted a video to his Instagram page Saturday night, mocking out the incident, saying, “I had to fire my travel agent for booking me somewhere I wasn’t supposed to be.” The bodyguard – in a shot at the airport security agents – said: “They can’t kick me off of this!”
Derulo is hardly the first celeb to run into problems when flying the skies with the rest of the non-superstar portion of society. But even his fans have said that the incident and video come off as a little arrogant. A sampling of the comments on Derulo’s Instagram feed:
I love @jasonderulo and his music but this entire situation makes me realize how cocky he has become. It’s really quite sad.
That’s when you know got it tough ! When you have to hire a jet because the airline and personal travel agent pissed you off #itsahardknocklife.
You used to be a decent guy and I thought different than the average celeb/singer. You’re officially over the top! I won’t be buying any of your music going forward.
Thoughts on Jason Derulo and his removal from a Southwest plane?