One day after the Cash Me Ousside girl got banned from Spirit airlines for life for punching a passenger, another celebrity found himself in the middle of some airline drama. (I know, I need to punch myself for calling her a celebrity.) Jason Derulo feels like American Airlines racially discriminated against him during a disagreement over dreaded baggage fees.
Jason tells People that this messy situation, which ended with the police getting called, started yesterday at Miami International Airport. Jason and his crew of 8 showed up at 4:15pm for a 5pm flight to Los Angeles. They also had a total of 19 bags with them. Because they only had 45 minutes to make their flight, one member of Jason’s entourage stayed behind to check in the 19 bags and the rest of them skedaddled off to the gate. Jason says that he almost exclusively flies AA and he flies a lot, so he’s a “Concierge Key” member. One of the perks of having a Concierge Key is that you can check in 3 bags without getting hit with a demonic baggage fee.
Jason made it onto his flight and everything was about to become mile high champagne kisses and caviar dreams (that’s what they serve in First, right?) until he got a call from the person who was trying to check in their bags. The friend told Jason that checking in all 19 bags was going to cost a grand total of $4,000.
And to think, I shed a tear every time JetBlue charges me $20 for a bag.
Jason says that because of that Concierge Key and all of his miles, he and his team never pay to check in bags. The plane was about to take off and Jason became the most popular passenger on that flight by telling the pilot to turn that bitch around. The pilot ended up turning the plane around. Jason says that as he and his entourage were getting off of the plane, the pilot came out and cursed all of their asses out. That upset Jason, because he says the pilot was acting like they were getting kicked off for acting like twats when the truth is, they asked to get off.
When they got off of the plane, 15 police officers were waiting for them, as was another AA employee who also cursed them out. But Jason says that the employees changed from kicking him in the ass to kissing his ass as soon as they found out that he’s famous.
“As you can imagine, I’m surrounded by 15 police officers, I’m not going to curse back because I know what’s going to happen. So I pick up my phone, and I go live on my Instagram.
So I go live, and I start to hear whispers happening, and as soon as they find out who I am, everything changes. Every single person becomes somebody else, and all of a sudden, we’re not in trouble anymore.”
No charges were filed and Jason, his group and their bags got on a later flight. But Jason says it’s not over. He doesn’t plan on dropping the issue. He says that he definitely would’ve ended up in handcuffs if he wasn’t Thee Jason Derulo. This is what he posted on Instagram:
.@americanair I spent millions on your airline throughout the past ten years between myself and my entire staff but have still experienced racial discrimination today at miami airport!!! Called 15 police officers on me as if I'm a criminal! It's not ok that when you find out who I am the gears change! Fuck that!! I want answers #conciergekey #conciergekeymember #thecaptainneedstoshowrespecttoo cause he could #cashmeoutsidehowboutdat #notypo #ifiwasanyoneelseiwouldhavebeenarrested
If you raised a fist when I brought up that Cash Me Ousside girl, blame Jason Derulo. I did it because of his hashtag. He started it!
The police report from the Miami P.D. tells a slightly different story than the one Jason told. An AA employee claims that Jason and his group smelled like weed and got aggressive when they checked in. The employee also says that when a passenger gets off of a plane, they have to show their ID so the flight staff can take them off of the manifesto or whatever. Jason and his group supposedly refused to show their IDs while getting off of the plane.
So, so many questions.
1. What made the pilot actually turn the plane around? Because I’m pretty sure that if I told the pilot to turn the plane around, I’d get laughed at it. And if I told the pilot again, I’d end up convulsing on the floor after getting tased.
2. Since when is “smelling like weed” a bad thing? To me it’s weird if you don’t smell like weed before going through the traumatic experience of air travel.
3. And this is my most important question, when Jason Derulo asked the pilot to turn around, did he say, “Pilot, I am Jay-son DeruloOoOoOoO, turn the plane aroOoOoOoOoOund.”
Because I’d be disappointed if he didn’t.