will.i.am kicked out of United Airlines first class lounge over 'fake' membership card

The Black Eyed Peas rapper took to twitter to show his disgust at United Airlines

Jack Simpson
Tuesday 13 May 2014 10:00

Popstar will.i.am took to twitter last night, to criticise the airline company that had allegedly kicked him out of their first class lounge believing his membership card to be fake.

The Black Eyed Peas rapper tweeted to his 12m followers yesterday night that he had been removed from the United Airline Global First Lounge after staff would not believe that his card was authentic.

Tweeting straight after the event will.I.am posted: “#unitedAIRLINES is the worse. I’m a member and I have my card to prove it. but they tell me my card is fake & kick me out the lounge #ouch.”

After deciding to leave, he took a picture of the United Airline Global First poster alongside the words “I got kick(ed) out the club #unitedCLUBsucks."

It is not known at which airport the incident occurred but according to tweets earlier in the day it is believed he was on his way to Washington to visit his close friend and fellow rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs.

In an ironic twist, Will.I.am revealed on his twitter how after his removal a United Airline pilot had approached the coach of The Voice to ask for a picture with him.

He said: "I get kicked out of the @united lounge because they say I'm not a member ... oh well ... and then the @united pilot asks me to take a selfie."

Despite being kicked out of United Airline's First Class Lounge will.i.am, whose real name is William Adams, did eventually find a place to relax before his flight, jokingly taking a picture of his chair in the departure lounge.

United Airlines said in response: "We invite only customers travelling in United Global First, customers with Global Services status traveling in United BusinessFirst, and customers traveling in first class on other Star Alliance carriers to visit our Global First Lounges. Since the customer did not meet these criteria he did not have access to the lounge. We are reaching out to the customer and appreciate his business."

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