It's not often we sympathise with stroppy supermodels, but we actually feel some sympathy for Naomi Campbell today. She's been released on bail after being arrested yesterday at Heathrow after an alleged incident at Terminal 5.
Apparently, she checked two bags in at Terminal 5 when she checked in for her flight to LA. Once she boarded the plane, she was told one of her bags had gone missing. According to her spokesperson,
BA decided to resolve this by insisting she leave the flight and then called the police to forcibly eject her from the flight.
She was taken to the Heathrow police station and released on police bail. So far as we are aware BA have still failed to offer any explanation as to why her bag went missing at Terminal 5.
It's not quite clear what happened that got Campbell tossed off the plane and hauled off to jail, but we like to think she threw a tantrum of epic proportions that resulted in the police getting involved. And fair play to her. If we could get away with it, we'd throw tantrums every time an over booked and under supported airport terminal lost one of our bags. (Of course, she really didn't get away with it, did she? Maybe we should re-think this tantrum plan.)
Still, it is ridiculous that, having checked in with plenty of time to spare, one (not both, just one) of her bags went missing. Surely that's the whole point of tagging bags, isn't it? So, they don't get lost? Perhaps her bag is on its way to Italy, and will have some lovely holiday stories to share with her when it gets back.
Of course, T5 has been beset by problems right from the start. Which surprised very few of us, really. We hope they get their act together soon. Or at least before we have to fly in or out of the dreaded terminal.
Image of T5 information screens courtesy of James Cridland's Flickr photostream