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Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Thu Nov 06, 2003 10:37 pm

Just wondering who has next to anyone famous while sat on a plane?
 
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 10:47 pm

On a flight from CDG to FRA with AF, I sat next to Christian Karembeu (the french soccer player) but SADLY, he travelled without his Wife Adriana (LOL) !
 
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 10:49 pm

On a DL 757 from DCA to ATL I once sat next to Congressman from Georgia who played "Cooter" on the Dukes of Hazzard (just can't remember his name!). Newt Gingrich, who was then just a Congressman, walked by and they said hello to each other.
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 10:59 pm

I have flown with a few, but one that I would not have liked was the pax next to my sister-in-law on a flight from DTW to LAN back in the '70's.

There is just something about sitting next to Rod Serling on a Convair Liner that would have made me nervous! I hoped they checked for gremlins when they got in.
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:01 pm

In the same cabin with Christy Chung from SIN-HKG Connoiseur Class (1997) on United Airlines.
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:13 pm

7 Years ago. Nicole Kidman while I was non-reving on DL from CVG to LAX. Damn. She's a hottie. Talkative too. She looks better in person.
 
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:25 pm

The whole football team of German record champion Bayern Munich and several A- and B-celebrities and journalists from German TV. If you fly Business on domestic routes often its damn unlikely not to sit next to a celebrity once in a while. Some are funny, some don´t want to be recognized at all. I found no difference in talking to famous people if a conversation started for some reason or the other. But I never forced that "hey, I know you!" And I never made the experience that people were asking for autographs on aeroplanes, fortunately.
 
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:28 pm

I have sat next to Carole King on a flight from SLC-SUN,
also sat behind Peter Cetera from SUN-SEA, Tom Hanks & his wife were on a
flight just the other day with me to from SUN-LAX.
Clint Easwood on a flight from SUN-SEA, and Jerry Spence once from SLC-JAC
 
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:32 pm

On a flight to Hawaii on Northwest (because AA flight attendants had gone on strike in 93) I was 1 seat away from Will Smith, and a Concorde flight I was 1 seat away from Patrick Stewart of Star Trek the next generation. Also on that flight was David Cooperfields wife. I cant remember her name,,,,,,but she is a beautiful woman. I kept waiting for her disappear and reappear in the bathroom Since the cabin is so small on tht plane you are near everyone on the plane if you walk around 1 time.
 
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Thu Nov 06, 2003 11:38 pm

I have a friend at work who saw Ron Jeremy get off the plane right before he boarded. Was wearing a big yellow jumpsuit with gold chains! I heard that the pilots asked him to sign their logbooks, and all the women were wondering who the hell he was.
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:25 am

Cooter was played by Ben Jones. He made a run for Congress last year up in VA and was trounced.

My famous person was also a politician. Back in 2000 on a DL flight ATL-DCA, sitting across the aisle from me in First Class was Rep. Bob Barr (one of the ringleaders of the impeachment attempt on Clinton) as well as the Congressman for the district I lived in at the time, Mac Collins (who might be the next Senator as he is running for the seat Sen. Turncoat, mean Miller is not running for).

Working out at the airport, I see well-known people every week. Just the other day I saw George Clinton (I guess Delta's the new Mothership).
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:28 am

Bistro...that's too funny!

On a lighter note, in MKE's parking garage, I had Bob Ueker give me the finger when I took "his" parking spot!

My mom sat next to Ray Allen BDL-MKE.
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:38 am

Was on UA SFO-JFK with Christine Baranski (Broadway star, played the reporter in Chicago and on sitcom Sybill).
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:44 am

Sat next to Jerry Hall LHR/LAX - miserable the whole flight - could only manage a grunt to order a drink........still, she was married to Mick Jagger at the time so that could explain it....
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 3:08 am

On a Los Angeles to Honolulu flight, I sat behind Tom Selleck at the height of his "Magnum P.I." fame. He was wearing one of his trademark aloha shirts, and was Magnum-charming to the fluttering stewardesses.

Half-way through the flight, I'd been staring at Selleck for so long that my boyfriend began to feel ignored, and huffed "Would you rather be sitting next to him than me? To which I replied "Don't ask a question you aren't prepared to hear the answer to..."  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 3:18 am

On a Continental/Virgin flight to Washington, I sat with Lady Mary Archer and young Jeffrey, old Jeffrey being in jail at the time. A bit of polite chat. Coincidentally, there was a photo of Lady M. and young J. in an issue of "Hello" which was placed in everyone's seat.
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 3:20 am

Never sat next to one on a plane, but I was in the room next to Richard Crenna at the lodge at Mesa Verde national park. We sat on our balconies and chatted for quite a while.
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 3:58 am

I sat next to Guss out of Eastenders on a DL 767-300ER from ATL-LGW

Didn't talk much!

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Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:19 am

Well, it wasn't really celebrities - but politicians...

Flying from Harare to Frankfurt, Robert Mugabe (President of Zimbabwe), his wife and about half of the government had taken over large parts of the Air Zimbabwe 767-200 flying that trip: fortunately, Mugabe didn't do what he usually does: simply take a plane out of the schedule and use it for his own purpose - that way we would have probably been stuck in Harare for days, so this was really an advantage... I've never experienced such a soft takeoff and landing on another flight - but all anouncements took a bit longer than usual, as they all started with "Comrade President Mugabe and Mrs. Mugabe, Members of the Government of Zimbabwe, ...".

And, shortly before last year's elections here in Germany, I flew from Hannover to Munich and had Kurt Beckstein (Bavarian Interior Minister, then expected to either succeed Edmund Stoiber as Bavarian Prime Minister or to also take up some position in the federal government if Stoiber had won the elections) sitting directly in front of me.
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:37 am

Megastars, if they fly commercial at all, often purchase and block the seats around them, so the chance of the average person sitting next to a major celeb, especially now that Concorde is history, is pretty slim. On a slightly related note, was once on a GF flight AUH-LHR with a stop in Bahrain, and the FA mentioned to me they were boarding a VIP, a Sheikh, at BAH....So the door opens at BAH and ground staff escorts this boy of about 7 or 8, dressed in full dishdasha, up to the First Class section...and that was the Sheikh!
 
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RE: Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:43 am

Sat next to Dustin Diamond (Screech from Saved by the bell) in a ATA - chicago - Milwaukee flight. Was willing to talk and give details of what he is currently doing. Seems to be running a band in Milwaukee.
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:44 am

I've met "mini-me" from Austin Powers and pop-singer Lou Bega who paid a visit to my baggage claim when I was an airport boy.
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RE: Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:45 am

My dad sat next to Jon Bon Jovi on a Lufthansa flight....he had no idea who Bon Jovi was. I wonder how often celebrities meet people that have no clue who they are.
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:54 am

I sat next to Pete Rose in the Delta Crown Club Room at CVG. Great guy talked for about an hour.

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Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:57 am


Well not necessarily on the plane, but i was pretty grumbly once at LHR when this guy cut in front of me with his luggage trolley. I had no idea it was the bass player from the Police (flying economy that day- 5 rows in front of me). Ive also seen Nick Cave in the economy line at LHR, and sat next to a tour manager on the LHR-LAX run who was Martin Gore's neighbor (from Depeche Mode) and had the band Pitchshifter (whom he was managing on tour at that time) with him as well. They would come up and talk to him on occasion, and they were very nice boys, considering the angry sort of music they play  Smile
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:03 am

One time, while non-revving on Delta with my two sons (5 and 10), we had to split up. There were only three seats on the plane, two in coach and one in first class. I sat in coach with my younger son while my older son sat in first class. He ended up sitting right next to Britney Spears. She was very nice to him, and at the end of the flight, gave him a note to give to me. The note said that he was a very polite young man, and that it was a pleasure to sit next to him. I was impressed she took the time to write me a note.
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:04 am

My grandparents sat next to Princess Diana on Concorde flight BA 002 JFK-LHR. My grandad gave her his chocolate mousse!!!
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:27 am

In June of 1991, I sat next to former Vice-President Walter Mondale in F class on a flight from MSP to DCA. Very charming and friendly man, and we talked politics the whole way.
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RE: Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:55 am

Sat across from baseball player David Justice MSP-SAN last month in first class. Seemed like a cool guy, and had a really nice Louis Vuitton roll-on bag. He was reading car stereo magizines most of the flight. The lady sitting next to him had no idea who he was.
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:00 am

Sat next to Toots Thielemans in Business in 1993(Famous Belgian mouth harmonica player) on a Sabena plane from BRU-Montreal. very nice he told me all about his life and career.

A year later 1994 i was on the plane with the Belgian national bike cyclers team when they went to Atlanta from bru for the olympics. Eddy Mercks (5 time Belgian winner of tour de france) was two seats from me in Business.

On a couple of Concorde flights i saw Sting,Princess Noor of Jordania, Phill Collins, Michael Jackson, Sylvester Stalllone, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Meg Ryan and at that time her love Kurt Russell,Claudia Chiffer and Naomi Campbell and some other ones i can't remember.

Ok it is nice to see those people but they are human beings just like us. they may be well known because they have a special talent but they are still very down to earth. Most of the time they just want to get away of being herrassed by the paparazzi.

 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:07 am

I was once on line to check in at SJU behind Yankees star Derek Jeter, and, while it's not exactly relevant to the topic, I was very excited as a kid when my Dad got to sit with former astronaut and then CEO Frank Borman on an Eastern flight, even brought me an autographed picture. That was of course in the days when airlines were run by pilots and not investment bankers and marketing consultants!!!
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:10 am

Jerry Brown (Fmr. California governor and current mayor of Oakland) Also a Democratic Presidential candidate.
This was on a Southwest 737-700 (OAK-LAX) this year.

Kim Feilds (Toody from Facts of Life) and Katey Sagal (Peg Bundy from Married with Children).
That was on a Pan Am 747-100 (LAX-JFK) in 1985.
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RE: Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:19 am

Ok. It was not me but my father (who always got pestered for his autograph and never knew why) was on a Pan Am flight from jfk-lax was asked by the fa to move to his correct seat which was in fc. He didn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth and quickly moved to the front...About 10 minutes later Anthony Quinn boarded and wanted to know why that man was in his seat...It was then that my father realized the uncanny resemblance.
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:40 pm

I had no idea it was the bass player from the Police (flying economy that day- 5 rows in front of me).
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 4:55 pm

Sting cuts in front of you, and you don't recognize him ?...do you live under a stone ?

I don't live under a stone, but I wouldn't recognize Sting, either (I've heard of him but not the Police)... you're showing your age, Artysman  Big grin.
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 5:28 pm

My wife and I flew non-rev on KW (Carnival) from FLL-LAX once and when we took our seats, I noticed the person sitting in front of me and mentioned it to my wife. She looked and it took a minute for her to recognize (she ain't too swift sometimes  Smile) that it was Richard Simmons sitting there. Actually a very pleasant person to be around and I was impressed that he took the time to listen to people's stories about how he helped them lose weight and even went over a hastily written 4-page diet program that someone in coach had written up for his review (and then got up and talked with them for quite some time about it).

I also flew with Steve Entmann (former lineman for the Colts & Dolphins) and have boarded numerous celebrities over the years as a gate agent. One of the scariest people I ever saw (and I had the misfortune to see her a LOT working for Air Florida) was Janet Reno. Damn is that woman UGLY! Don Johnson and Farrah Faucett were both ROYAL pains in the ass and so was Paul Lynde. The most unassuming celebrity I met (at least when I had her at the gate) was Phyllis Diller. Jimmy Buffet was great too (and my story about him is on another post here on a.net so I won't repeat it here).

One of my brothers worked as a ticket agent for Air Florida and he was checking a passenger in and heard someone say to him "Young man, may I borrow your pen". He immediately recognized the voice as belonging to Henny Youngman and responded with "Take my pen, Please!" Henny Youngman busted up laughing and told him that one caught him by surprise and "Nice one!"

My most memorable celebrity encounter was with Mother Teresa though. A thoroughly angelic soul!

My parents flew non-rev once with Telly Savalas (of Kojak fame) and one of our supervisors at PA got stuck in a seat (on the ground) with Loni Anderson while WKRP in Cincinatti was still being made.

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Fri Nov 07, 2003 8:22 pm

In late seventies flew on BA to Miami with Ernie wise the english comedian in row behind,and also sat next to english swimmer duncan goodhew from lhr to sin
 
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:00 pm

I was once standing in line waiting to board an Air Canada YYZ-YUL flight, and standing right behind me was former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney. We chatted a bit about hockey. Very polite and dignified gentleman.
 
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RE: Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:16 pm

I was on the same flight as a famoust blues singer (according to my girlfriend) but I forgot his name. James Brown or something? It was Northwest flight 8 from Narita to Seattle in March of 2002. I'm pretty sure it was James Brown. I will post later after I talk to her in a few hours (when she wakes up) if it is someone else. I didn't get to sit next to him, ad I was in coach, and she was with me, but she said that she heard something about him being on the plane, and she recognized him through customs.

A friend of mine had the pleasure of sitting next to James Doohan on another flight (Scotty on Star Trek) and they had a wonderful conversation. I hear he's pretty darned awesome in person to converse with. He's getting up there in age too.
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Fri Nov 07, 2003 9:44 pm

Well I didnt sit next to him but once a few years ago I unloaded the intstruments of B.B. King. He flew in First class on a United 757. I remember seeing his name stenciled on all the instrument cases. Very cool.
 
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Sat Nov 08, 2003 1:03 am

On a continental flight from Houston to Atlanta I sat next to Evander Holifield. He is not as big looking in person as when in the ring.

Also on Continental from Houston to Chicago I sat in the seat in front of Clyde Drexler.
 
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Sat Nov 08, 2003 3:11 am

I haven't seen anybody famous but the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen, was in the same plane with my parents couple of years ago. I heard she and her cohabitant (now husband) were given some extra space in the front of the plane.
 
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Sat Nov 08, 2003 5:16 am

I was on a Delta MD-11 coming back from NRT and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Ving Rhames. (Marcellis Wallace in the move Pulp Fiction) . I've met lots of people in the Crown Room in ATL, LAX, and JFK.
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Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:30 am

you're showing your age, Artysman .
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Sat Nov 08, 2003 8:38 am

I had the privilege of sitting next to Kato Kaelin and his girlfriend flying from PHX-MKE last Thanksgiving......I wanted to ask him if he needed a place to stay.  Big grin j/k
 
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RE: Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:00 am

Pierce Brosnan - in 1989 on LH457 LAX-FRA in First on Nov 8th (the night when the Berlin wall fell)
 
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RE: Ever Sat Next To Anyone Famous?

Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:03 am

Pierce Brosnan - in 1989 on LH457 LAX-FRA in First on Nov 8th (the night when the Berlin wall fell)

This is a night to remember, isn't it Mr. Bond?  Big thumbs up

Damn, I envy you!

Patrick

Edit: IndustrialPate: LMAO when I saw reply no. 33  Big thumbs up Big grin

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Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:10 am

Hi SN 332,
yes indeed - it was the return flight of our honeymoon!
 
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Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:15 am

What a flight Desertman, honeymoon, a famous actor next to you, First Class, and the Berlin wall felt! Indeed a night to remember, especially for a German.

Patrick
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Sat Nov 08, 2003 9:25 am

To Sabena332,
just a slight impression - I#m not right sure anymore if it was LH457 - I work for the industries - it might have been also LH451 (just to be sure for the critics)
Fact was at that night, as we were told later from the crew, Mr. Brosnan was on his way for a film, that was dedicated to the "cold war" and in this night everything became different.

Yes - for sure, at that time he was most famous with TV-format performing an
private-detective on himself but having an female as his boss. I don+t know the right English name anymore, but it used to be very famous here.

At first, I didn't recognized him at the a/c. My spouse, she bumped me, when he embarked, and said, do you know, who this guy is?

I think this is the whole story, but I must say, nobody thought at that time being him Mr. Bond

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