When bad weather forced a London-bound Virgin flight to reroute from Heathrow Airport to Stansted, passengers had to wait three hours on the tarmac before they could disembark. A select group did, however, get to leave the plane after about an hour. No, they weren’t disabled, sick or parents with small, noisy children. The group making an early exit consisted of once-popular singer Madonna and her entourage of about 15 people.
Other passengers on the New York-London flight were indignant — especially the other first class fliers, who thought they were entitled to special treatment. As reported by the Daily Mail:
According to fellow passengers in upper class, Madonna and her entourage were allowed off first and whisked away by bus to the terminal two hours before everyone else. But not before she handed out some impromptu in-flight entertainment.
Says one passenger: “It was bad enough having to wait, but then she started doing her yoga in the aisles.
“After about an hour, a bus came along and took her and her party of about 15 off the plane. It seemed a Âlittle unfair — it’s not like she is the President or anything. The rest of us all had to wait for another two hours.”
Virgin issued a statement saying it was common for “business and first-class passengers to disembark first.” In this case, though, there was apparently at least one more class of passenger. “Madonna was taken off the plane way before the rest of the first-class people,” a member of the normally privileged upper classes told the Daily Mail. “We were all grumbling about it.”