Morgan Osman was kicked off of an American Airlines Boeing 737, and she found the whole situation absurd because she says she’s “Instagram famous.” But she was flying coach.
She appears to have taken her Instagram page with 1 million followers offline since the onboard incident. I must not spend enough time on Instagram, because I had no idea who she was or that she apparently dated Britney Spears’ husband. And I’ve never heard of the reality shows she’s been on (Season 5 of Oxygen Network’s Bad Girls Club? VH1’s Miami Monke?).
In the video she claims to have done nothing wrong, and says “call me a b- again” and tells a passenger to “shut the f- up.” It’s when she notices she’s being filmed that she declares herself Instagram famous.
Note before you watch that the language is not safe for work, not safe for airports, and not safe for anyone introspective about modern life.
“You bum” is wild 😂 pic.twitter.com/hx94t2iGaB
— Wild content (@NoCapFights) September 17, 2023
If you prefer to watch the video with salty language bleeped out, try here. Apparently Instagram famous not only doesn’t get you an upgrade, it doesn’t prevent you from being kicked off the plane.
Now, there’s actual famous like being an A-List Hollywood celebrity. People broadly know who you are. I spent 18 years in D.C., which is often regarded as “Hollywood for ugly people.” There’s an idea known as famous for D.C.. In most of the country nobody has any idea who cabinet secretaries are, but in D.C. they’re rock stars.
I can sort of relate to Morgan Osman in a strange way, since this blog has made me famous in airport lounges (a notch below Instagram famous, and the lowest level of renown). I love it when readers come up and say hello in airports and on planes (though I’ve been approached in the men’s room of a Centurion lounge, let’s wait until we’re done with our business and wash our hands to shake hello). It’s cool to get hellos at check-in and breakfast at places like the Andaz Maui and Park Hyatt Maldives.
Just like Morgan Osman, I sometimes fly American Airlines economy on domestic trips. Unlike Ms. Osman I don’t believe I’m accorded any special privileges, other than complimentary Main Cabin Extra, priority boarding, and a free cocktail and snack, all thanks to Executive Platinum AAdvantage status. Perhaps she needs to be introduced to Instant Pass?