Five of our Favourite: Airline Star Sightings
One of the many perks of the business travelling lifestyle is the constant potential for running into famous fliers. Nothing breaks up the monotony of the airline experience better than a great celeb-spot, and according to testimonials from members of USA Today’s ‘Road Warrior’ contributors, these events can have a radical effect on the executive’s approach to work.
1. Jimmy Carter – Road Warrior Lou Heckler said that taking a flight alongside the former US president, who shook the hand of everyone on the plane, gave him new perspective on humanity in leadership roles.
2. Neil Diamond – A frequent flier testimonial from a journey with the singer records his incessant lyric-writing throughout the trip. ‘I always thought of him as a troubadour, and it turns out he is a worker bee,’ Richard Laermer said of Diamond. ‘It made me think a great deal about the creative process.’
3. Muhammad Ali - Road Warrior Ed Grooms says he cherishes the memory of his Los Angeles-Philadelphia flight with Muhammad Ali sitting next to him in 1999. He says the effects of Parkinson's disease on the former heavy-weight champion were apparent, and the encounter taught Grooms to appreciate his good health.
4. Alec Baldwin – The actor’s argument with airline staff over a smartphone game back in 2011 was the stuff of celebrity legend. Less of a star spot than a star exhibition.
5. John McEnroe, Tatum O'Neal, Stevie Wonder and Vin Scully – All spotted by one keen-eyed (or very well-travelled) business man, Richard Boyd.
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GATE8 Press Team