Jason Derulo demands apology from airline
Jason Derulo wants a public apology from American Airlines after a dispute over baggage fees.
The 27-year-old singer claims the airline “made amends personally” after he and his friends were charged $4,000 to check in 19 items of luggage.
He told PEOPLE: “They’ve made amends personally, but haven’t made amends publicly.
“I’m waiting on a statement that they said they would release. But we’ll see if that happens this week. I really hope so ... I really hope it happens because I really would like to just be done with the situation.”
Jason insisted he requested to leave the flight from Miami to Los Angeles earlier this month after he was told a pal, who had agreed to take a later flight with all of their bags following confusion over check-in time, had been charged the huge sum.
And the star was outraged because his “status” has meant he has “never” had to fork out the whopping sum before, as American Airlines allow stars to have three bags free of charge.
He previously explained: “We’d never paid for our bags because of our status - with all of our miles - so we’d never paid for bags. So $4,000 is obviously a huge sum. We were like, ‘No, we’re not paying that. We’ve got to turn the plane around.’
“And that was really upsetting to me because I felt like he was trying to make it seem like we were delinquents, and he was kicking us off the plane, when it was us that asked to get off the plane. I was like, ‘Listen, sir, you’re not going to talk down to me; I’m not your son. Don’t talk to me in that tone of voice.’”
And when the ‘In My Head’ hitmaker got off the plain, he was greeted by 15 police officers, as well as other members of American Airlines crew, and instead of retaliating with the foul language he claimed he was met with, he turned to social media to publicly broadcast the humiliating event - and things quickly changed.
He explained: “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.
“I just want everybody to be treated with respect. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. I’m not asking for anything extra, I’m not asking to be taken care of.”