Rapper Flavor Flav unloaded on a gate agent in Las Vegas after narrowly missing his Spirit Airlines flight. Did he have a point?
Flavor Flav Captured On Video Cursing Out A Spirit Airlines Gate Agent In Las Vegas
William Drayton, Jr., the rapper known as Flavor Flav, now 63 years of age, was sitting in the gate area of Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS) waiting to catch his flight to Detroit (DTW) on Thursday night.
He was on his laptop and on the phone and missed the boarding announcement. When he noticed the gate agent shutting the door, he scampered over but was told he was too late. When the gate agent refused to reopen the gate, he exploded in rage.
(Another report suggests he deliberately waited to board to avoid having to take pictures with his fans onboard, which would have slowed down the boarding process and potentially led to a flight delay).
In a statement to TMZ, the rapper apologized for his outburst:
“Spirit Airlines shut the door on me while I was in line to board. I was upset and said some harsh words to the gate agent. I apologize to those who witnessed me acting out of character. I do not apologize to Spirit Airlines or the gate agent.”
His predicament is an important reminder that being in the gate area is not enough: we must keep an eye on the boarding process and not space out.
I can empathize with Flavor Flav. While I have not missed a flight, one time I was so engrossed in my work at LAS that I lost track of time and nearly missed my flight. While I did make the flight, I left my digital camera in the gate area and never recovered it.
Celebrities make headlines, but missing a flight by being preoccupied is a very common occurrence. Avoid this by paying attention when boarding commences and not waiting too long in the process to board the flight. These days, with overhead bins so full, it generally pays to board early anyway to avoid having to check baggage. Then again, this does not seem to be a problem on Spirit Airlines, which charges more for the use of overhead bins than it does to check bags…
(image: Spirit Airlines // H/T: View From The Wing)