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Galley Gossip: Celebrity passenger claimed to have special powers

Tom Cruise.

It's not often I get to start a Galley Gossip post with that name! But that's the name several readers mentioned after I asked if they could guess which celebrity passenger offered to assist an unconscious woman with his "special powers" on the airplane. Honest to God, I wouldn't joke about something as serious as this!

It's interesting to note that Gary Busey, Depak Chopra, Uri Geller, and the Director General of the FBI were also mentioned as celebrities possibly possessing a very unique power. Tom Cruise, however, won the poll by a landslide with twenty-three votes. I wonder if Mr. Cruise is even aware that so many people believe him to be to powerful?!

"Tom Cruise has one power, jumping on Oprah's couch!" said a reader named Jeff after I posed the question.

Another reader named Neil said, "It's true. Tom Cruise had special powers over my wife at one time. She's outgrown him though."

Now that I'm thinking about it perhaps Tom Cruise does have - or had - special powers! Then again maybe I just have a lot in common with Neil's wife! Whatever the case, I do know that the celebrity passenger in question was not Tom Cruise, or any one of the other people mentioned above. Unfortunately I am unable to name the passenger (I'd like to keep my job), but I will tell you exactly what happened. Just remember this is Galley Gossip, first class 767 galley gossip to be precise. That said I'm fairly certain the source is a reliable one.

THE STORY ...
Years ago a celebrity passenger boarded a flight in Dallas. He and his bodyguards took up the entire first class cabin. That's twenty-two seats on a 757. At some point during boarding one of the bodyguards informed the lead flight attendant that while the celebrity usually didn't mind signing autographs, he wasn't feeling well that day and wanted to be left alone. He then told the flight attendant that no one in their party would be needing anything during the flight and that they didn't want anyone passing through first class unless absolutely necessary. That included the flight attendants. I should mention here that this happened before 9/11. Later on in flight a passenger seated in coach went unconscious. As a flight attendant passed through first class to grab the medical equipment, the celebrity passenger stopped her to ask what was going on. After the flight attendant informed him of the situation, the celebrity offered his assistance, and that's when he mentioned his special powers.

Did the unnamed celebrity really have special powers? Maybe. Maybe not. According to the flight attendant involved in the situation it was hard to tell if the unconscious passenger came to because the celebrity had touched her with his special power or because her husband had become so overly excited by such a hugely famous person trying helping his wife that he kept knocking her in the arm while exclaiming the celebrities name over and over again. Then again it could have been a combination of both. So don't underestimate a star's power!

Photo courtesy of Cristilive

Filed under: United States, Airlines, Transportation, Travel Health, Galley Gossip

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