After visit to Pittsburgh, Mayim Bialik slams United Airlines over trip home
"The Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik took to Twitter and Instagram to express her displeasure after claiming she was unable to board a United Airlines flight on Sunday night.
To the @UnitedAirlines flight attendant who shut the boarding gate in my face. I made my connecting flight in Houston. it was a tight squeeze but You said there were plenty of open seats. when you saw my carry on suitcase you said there was no room and shut the door in my face.— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) February 11, 2019
Bialik was in Pittsburgh over the weekend for a previously announced visit to offer support to the city's Jewish community following the Tree of Life synagogue shootings in October.
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Thank you #jccpittsburgh for letting me see your unbelievable facility which cares for the entire community of #Pittsburgh : a Reggio-inspired gorgeous school, art installments celebrating the #Hazelwood community, teens everywhere, and young people I shared brunch with at #casbahpittsburgh to discuss the community this city built which supports each other in good times and the hardest times of all. Pittsburgh, you are the strongest. #pittsburghstrong #iwanttomovehere
Her trip apparently began on a high note, as she posted on Instagram about the "pretty" snow during a Denver layover.
Things apparently took a turn for the worse in Houston, where she was trying to make a flight home to Los Angeles.
And there were five other people from my flight standing there with me who she let on the plane. Maybe she just doesn't like The Big Bang Theory. They all had carry-on luggage too.— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) February 11, 2019
She questions why her "little suitcase" will not fit, and though she says she holds a first class ticket she adds she was willing to sit in any of the "open seats" on the plane.
And also why couldn't my little suitcase somehow fit? Maybe the first class seat I was supposed to sit in could have held it and I would have gladly sat in all of the open seats anywhere on that plane. :(— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) February 11, 2019
Bialik goes on to question if the crew member's alleged decision to deny her boarding was personal, or if she was having a "bad day."
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Ok @united airlines. i know I barely made my connecting flight. But I made it despite your delays making me late. And you turned me away as you let 5 other people on from my connecting flight because I had a carry on suitcase. They had carry ons too. I understand everything was shut but that lady stewardess didn't have to shut the boarding door like she did in my face without even saying she was sorry. Or with 7 min left she could have made a small effort to try harder since she said there were "plenty of seats open." Maybe she hates the Big Bang theory. Maybe she was having a bad day. Maybe she hates women who look like they're going to cry. Now my suitcase is broken from running so hard and aggressively, my asthma is super angry and random people think I'm a prima donna because as she shut the door I said "I have a first class seat!" I didn't mean I deserve it more, I meant can my suitcase sit in my first class seat and I'll sit anywhere else? Not a good day for me and @united .
At least one fan expresses his outrage at her alleged treatment.
@UnitedAirlines did you have a clue whom you were treating like another cow? Miss Mayim Bialik is an influencer, with all of her Big Bang Theory fans following her...off UA and onto other airlines. #mayimbialik #TBBT https://t.co/LqtxcrWu5h— M D Ryan Stern (@RyanSternMD) February 11, 2019
While at least one wonders if Bialik expects "star treatment."
Apparently all ends well, with Bialik eventually landing in California.
In a USA Today story, United spokesman Jonathan Guerin states, "We were able to get Ms. Bialik on the next flight to Los Angeles and we are reviewing what happened with our team in Houston."
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