Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans has United Airlines in a squabble that’s creating some serious social media turbulence. Wayans was removed from a flight to Kansas City Friday after arguing with a gate agent about his luggage.
The star of ‘White Chicks’ and the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise posted an Instagram video saying he was forced to miss his shows at the Kansas City Improv after being kicked off the plane. He also claims he was cited by police after his interaction with the gate agent.
What’s the big deal?
Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans has found himself in the center of some serious media turbulence after he was removed from a United Airlines flight Friday and reportedly issued a citation for disturbing the peace. The star of comedy movies like “White Chicks” and the “Scary Movie” franchise took to Instagram Saturday to share a video detailing his interaction with a gate agent at Denver International Airport who reportedly asked him to consolidate his luggage and gate-check one of his bags because it was over the airline’s carry-on baggage limit.
Wayans said he refused and attempted to board the plane anyway, leading the gate agent to call police, TMZ reports. The star, who was to fly first class on the Denver-to-Kansas City flight, said he was ultimately escorted off the aircraft and police cited him for disturbing the peace. A representative for the Denver Police Department told Nexstar that officers spoke to all parties involved and that Wayans was indeed cited.
In subsequent Instagram posts, Wayans complained that the incident forced him to miss his shows at the Kansas City Improv and demanded that United compensate him and apologize to audiences. He also called for the airline to hire more friendly staffers and that he would contact his attorneys to see about taking further legal action.
In a later post, Wayans shared a photo of himself sitting on an American Airlines plane and encouraged followers to join him in chanting “F– United!” It’s unclear whether the star made it to his Kansas City performances, but he did appear to make it to the airport in time for his flight. He also posted a video on his Twitter page that appears to show him boarding his American Airlines flight and encouraged fans to follow him on the social media platform.
How’s it going?
The actor-comedian has been stirring up some social media turbulence with his take on United Airlines. Wayans has weighed in on the airline’s approach to passenger complaints and doesn’t hold back in calling out the company for a lack of professionalism.
The comedian has been a vocal critic of the airline for weeks and was incensed after he got a ticket to a flight and was forced off the plane due to a dispute with a gate agent over his carry-on bags. In an Instagram post, the “White Chicks” and “Scary Movie” star detailed his experience flying with United and the incident that led to him being escorted off of a flight from Denver to Kansas City on Friday.
According to the video, Wayans was told by a gate agent that his three carry-on bags were too large for the plane and would have to be checked. He says the agent then pushed him away and called security. After a brief altercation, police arrived and cited Wayans for disturbing the peace.
In a series of Instagram posts, Wayans blasted the airline for his treatment and claimed that the citation caused him to miss two shows he had scheduled at the Kansas City Improv. He demanded compensation and an apology from United.
In a later post, the comedian shared a photo of himself sitting on an American Airlines plane with the caption, “Fly where you’re respected and loved.” He also claimed to have flown to Kansas City that night and asked for “answers,” “apologies” and changes from the airline. It’s unclear whether he will pursue legal action against the airline. United is yet to respond.
Is it a case of Sky Hig?
This wasn’t your typical gate agent conflict. Rather than being told there wasn’t enough bin space or simply choosing to gate check his bag, Wayans chose to push past the agent at the jet bridge and defiantly boarded the aircraft.
In a series of Instagram stories and videos posted to his Instagram account, Wayans called out United Airlines for the incident. He demanded compensation for missed shows, an apology to fans and a call for change from the airline. He also blasted the unnamed gate agent and was reportedly cited for disturbing the peace in the Denver airport. But was his anger warranted?
Is this a laugh riot or a serious call for change?
Actor Marlon Wayans has stirred up a whole lot of turbulence in the air with his recent public squabble with United Airlines. The star of comedies like ‘White Chicks’ and the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise claims the airline has some serious baggage when it comes to how they handle passenger complaints, and he isn’t shy about sharing his thoughts on the matter.
The star took to Instagram Saturday to complain about a recent incident that led him to miss his flight with the company. According to the actor, he was a few minutes away from boarding a flight from Denver to Kansas City when he was told by a gate agent that he had too many bags. He says the gate agent claimed he had received word that there wasn’t enough room on the plane to accommodate the actor and his luggage.
He says he agreed to consolidate his luggage, but was told once again that he had too many bags. At that point, he says he slammed his ticket down on the counter and began to push his way onto the flight. TMZ reported that the gate agents called security, and Wayans was ultimately escorted off of the flight.
In subsequent Instagram posts, Wayans said he was forced to miss his shows in Kansas City as a result of the airline’s actions. He also demanded “answers,” “apologies” and “changes” from the airline. It remains unclear if the actor was ultimately compensated for missing his performances or if he plans to take further legal action.