Andie MacDowell apologises for ‘elitist’ comments about ‘tourist class’

The 57-year-old actress, most famous for her role in Four Weddings and a Funeral, posted a message to American Airlines bosses on Friday (22Jan16), explaining she was annoyed about having to sit in coach rather than the plush upper class. Alongside a picture of herself with her fellow passengers in coach, Andie tweeted: “I paid for first class & they put me in tourist because of my dog that I pre-booked & paid for.”

Her message did not go down well with her followers, however, with many accusing her of being “elitist”. One user wrote: “@AndieMacDowell3 @AmericanAir the horror!!! TOURIST class. You shouldn’t be forced to sit with filth.

You are above us.”

Andie attempted to defuse the situation by going on to insist she had only posted on Twitter because she wanted reimbursement for the part of her journey she had to travel in coach, when she had paid for first class, adding: “Just hate that I paid for what I didn’t get.”

She also accused an airline employee of being “rude” in dealing with her and the situation, continuing: “There was no excuse why the guy would not just let me ask someone to change seats he had a power trip.

“He said take the seat or don’t get on my plane I was there early to ask for help and from the moment I met him he was rude.”

The situation continued on Sunday (24Jan16) when Andie once again took to Twitter to reassure her fans that she wasn’t being a diva.

“I’m very happy flying in coach I’m happy on a bus or the subway but if I play for first class, that’s where I want to be,that was the point,” she wrote. “Lessons learned never,complain on Twitter & don’t pay for first class on American Airlines, only express gratitude… can we move on now.”

Andie also responded to one user who accused her of being “elitist”, replying: “That’s not at all how I feel I’m sorry if it sounded that way I’m happy taking a bus and preferred dirt roads it’s the principle.”

She continued to insist she would appreciate a refund from American Airlines, and complained once again about the poor customer service she had received with the company.

“No matter who you are it’s nice to be treated kindly when flying & it just depends on the employee if they’re nice or not… Kindness always wins, in the end it’s all that matters,” she concluded.

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