Kate Moss called pilot a 'basic bitch', says witness

Passengers on easyJet flight that was met by police say model was not aggressive and crew’s response was disproportionate

Kate Moss was escorted off a flight from Turkey to London after reportedly calling the pilot a “basic bitch” and getting into a disagreement with another passenger.

Moss, 41, was met by police officers at Luton airport on Sunday afternoon after airline staff claimed she was disruptive on the easyJet flight from Bodrum where she had spent the week celebrating her friend Sadie Frost’s forthcoming 50th birthday.

No arrests were made and no charges were pressed against Moss.

A fellow passenger on the afternoon flight said staff refused to serve Moss alcohol and the model instead poured herself vodka from her carry-on luggage. Moss apparently became unruly, prompting the pilot to call ahead and ask police officers to meet the flight.

As Moss was escorted from the plane, she was reportedly heard swearing at the pilot. “She called the pilot a basic bitch as police led her off the plane. She was a little drunk and had a disagreement with another passenger on the flight as she was refused alcohol and then went to serve her own vodka from her cabin luggage,” a passenger told MailOnline.

“But she was not aggressive to anyone and was funny really, the easyJet crew was acting out of proportion.”

Another passenger, who said she had been sitting next to Frost, told the Guardian she did not see any trouble on the flight, apart from a “grumpy” cabin crew.

Moss’s party were sitting in different parts of the plane, the passenger said. “We only realised Kate Moss was on the flight when we were about 30 minutes out of London,” she added. “There was some turbulence and the seatbelt signs went on, and then she got up to go to the bathroom.”

The passenger said Moss had a short conversation with a member of the cabin crew, and was persuaded to return to her seat while the signs were on.

“EasyJet must have seen a lot worse. You would have thought to have them called for a passenger’s disruptive behaviour, you would see someone running up and down, or shouting, or endangering the plane, but there was none of that at all,” the passenger said, adding that she was “surprised” to see policemen waiting on the steps of the plane after it landed. “It was very unnecessary to call the police, it does cost money which could be spent catching criminals.”

Moss arrived at baggage reclaim looking nonchalant, the passenger said. “She turned up and said ‘they tried to arrest me’ to her friends, and then shrugged. She didn’t look bothered at all.”


The airline would only confirm that police met flight EZY2232 from Bodrum to London Luton “due to the behaviour of a passenger on board”.

Bedfordshire police said no arrests were made. “We were called to assist staff in escorting a passenger from a flight arriving into Luton airport. The passenger had been reported as being disruptive on the flight. Officers attended and escorted the passenger from the plane,” a spokesman said.

Moss, who made an estimated £4.6m last year, was travelling on the budget airline with her holiday companions Frost, Frances Ruffelle, designer Jemima French and model Rose Ferguson. The Primrose Hill set had spent the week by the Aegean Sea at a luxury Turkish spa, LifeCo, where a seven-day detox programme costs £1,640.

Moss has previously lost modelling contracts after allegations that she was a habitual cocaine user. She issued a public apology in 2005, and has since rebuilt her modelling career with designers such as Burberry. She married the musician Jamie Hince in 2011.

A spokesperson for Moss was not available for comment.

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