Andie MacDowell's Airline Complaint Leads to Uproar

Actress wasn't happy about bump to tourist class
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2016 3:18 AM CST
Actress Andie MacDowell poses at the Crown Media Family Networks Television Critics Association party on July 29, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – Andie MacDowell says that she'll no longer be doing two things: paying for first class on American Airlines and complaining on Twitter. USA Today reports that a kerfuffle began on Friday, when the Groundhog Day star tweeted "HELP" to @AmericanAir because she had been downgraded from first class to tourist after having been assigned to seat 1A, meaning there was no seat in front of her under which to place the dog she was traveling with. She also complained that while checking in for her flight in Charlotte, NC, she met "the rudest person I have ever had to deal with," though she conceded that there was "more legroom in tourist."

Many Twitter users failed to be moved by her plight, with one tweeting "God bless you for tolerating the peasants," E! Online reports. But MacDowell's fans sprang to her defense, sparking a fierce debate in which the star fired off dozens of tweets to both supporters and critics, reports USA Today. "I'm very happy flying in coach I'm happy on a bus or the subway but if I [pay] for first class, that's where I want to be," she wrote. By Sunday, having apparently "learned the hard way that tweeting a complaint doesn't always get sympathy on social media," she said it was time to move on, the CBC reports. (Click to read about 13 celebrities behaving badly on planes.)

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