Actress kicked off plane: Jennifer Bassey Flight
Published: June 5, 2015
Actress kicked off plane: Jennifer Bassey Flight, All My Children alum Jennifer Bassey was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight by police this week after getting into a profanity-laced confrontation with a flight attendant before the plane ever took off.
The 72-year-old actress told E! News that the ordeal was “undignified, embarrassing and beyond stressful.” A rep for Delta confirmed the actress was removed from the flight, operated by subsidiary Endeavor Air, and said the airline is currently investigating the incident, which took place on Tuesday at JFK Airport in New York City. Police had no immediate comment.
Bassey, who played Marian Colby on the now-defunct soap opera for more than 25 years, was flying to Indianapolis to visit her boyfriend and his family. While the plane was still on the tarmac, delayed about an hour, she used one of its restrooms and did not wash her hands. The actress told E! News that she prefers Purell over the provided soap.
She said she opened the door to leave and that a flight attendant then addressed her.
“She asked me loudly three times, ‘Ma’am did you wash your hands?'” Bassey told E! News.
She said she told the flight attendant that she did not, but that she would be using a hand sanitizer instead. She then returned to her seat. The plane was delayed. The actress took out her laptop to prepare for an audition. She said the flight attendant she had spoken to then came over and yelled at her.
“She stood there next to me waiting for me until I put it away,” Bassey told E! News.
She said the flight attendant stood over her as she put her computer away and then backed into her hand and started screaming, “Don’t touch me! Don’t ever touch me!”
Bassey said she responded with, “Go f–k yourself!”
She said another flight attendant then came over and told her she should not be arguing with a flight attendant and also said she had used foul language near a child. The actress told E! News that the plane then returned to the gate and that police officers escorted her off the jet.
Bassey says Delta Airlines deemed her a “risk to the carrier” and maintains she assaulted a flight attendant, which she denies.
“It was all unfortunate, but I am a senior citizen who is petite and tiny. How could I assault someone?” she said.
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