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Rock Star vs. TV Star in Dispute Aboard a Plane

Jan 4, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Updated 1/4/12 at 1:15 PM (PT) Corrected to say that Roker was in the L.A. area co-hosting  the Tournament of Roses parade.

Just a few weeks after actor Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight, another NBC personality, Al Roker, was involved in an incident on the same airline, the New York Post reports.

Roker, the "Today" show’s meteorologist, was involved in a dispute that, like Baldwin’s encounter, involved a phone, the story notes. Roker was flying back to New York after hosting the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena and remained on his mobile phone ignoring requests from another couple to switch seats, the story says.

That couple was rock star Alex Van Halen and his wife, the piece adds. All three were flying first class, and according to a witness, Roker was seated on the aisle, between Van Halen and his wife, Stine Schyberg. During the incident, Roker remained glued to his phone in order to ignore the requests, the piece adds.

The story reports: “When the agent asked Roker to move to the aisle seat in the first-row center, he stated that he’s ‘allergic to dogs,’ a source tells us. A passenger with a little dog in a crate was in the row behind Roker, and moving to the aisle would have put him three seats away, rather than four.”

Van Halen and his wife ended up switching seats with people in business class, and Roker then turned off his phone, the story notes. NBC declined to comment.

As previously reported, "30 Rock’s" Baldwin was booted off an American Airlines flight after refusing to turn off his iPhone because he was in the middle of a game, "Words with Friends."

4 Comments

  1. And you wonder why NBC is in 4th Place…
    Over indulged talent???

  2. Nice try, but no. If anyone is representing overindulged talent, it’s Alex VanHalen and his spoiled brat of a wife. They’re the ones who just *had* to sit together.
    Here’s a clue. If sitting together in the first class section of an airplane is that important to you, try booking your tix a bit further ahead so you can control where you sit.
    And Robert, Today has been and still is Number One for something like 15 years in a row–over 800 consecutive weeks.

  3. Nice try, but no. If anyone is representing overindulged talent, it’s Alex VanHalen and his spoiled brat of a wife. They’re the ones who just *had* to sit together.
    Here’s a clue. If sitting together in the first class section of an airplane is that important to you, try booking your tix a bit further ahead so you can control where you sit.
    And Robert, Today has been and still is Number One for something like 15 years in a row–over 800 consecutive weeks.

  4. Al Roker is bitch. Grow up. Alex didn’t pull any rock star BS. He simply wanted to sit next to his wife. Roker should apologize. I watch Today, but Roker is horrible. Guess the mighty Van Halen won’t be playing on the plaza anytime soon.

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