Controversial singer Morrissey recently lashed out at The Daily Mail for the report surrounding him.
The outlet reported that Morrissey lived up to his Big Mouth Strikes Again classic – demanding to be let off a plane when it diverted due to bad weather.
Morrissey, who had a string of hits in the 80s as frontman with British band The Smiths, was caught up in chaos after bad weather temporarily closed Dublin airport on Monday night.
But once on the tarmac, witnesses said Morrissey demanded to speak to the captain and asked to be ‘let off’ the Airbus A320 as he didn’t ‘want to be hanging around in [a] coffin’ for hours.
Video passed to MailOnline shows him standing at the front of the plane, in a blue suit, talking to a cabin crew member who is heard telling him: ‘We have to put the paperwork in the computer, close the door and then off we go’.
Severe thunderstorms meant his flight from London Heathrow to the Irish capital was diverted to Shannon on the west coast of Ireland where it sat on the tarmac for almost two hours until the weather improved.
MailOnline obtained a video clip that shows him standing at the front of the plane, in a blue suit, talking to a cabin crew member saying:
“We have to put the paperwork in the computer, close the door and then off we go”.
Morrissey fires at the outlet
The official website of Morrissey read:
“The Daily Mail ‘news’ paper is planning a hit-piece on Morrissey. The Daily Mail is scrambling around for grime and gossip to discredit Morrissey once again. Please do not credit The Daily Mail with any views of their hyperbolic clickbait.”
It is noted that in another clip Morrissey, who was sitting in the business class section is seen slowly clapping as the captain apologizes for the delay – and with his tongue firmly in cheek, thanking the singer for the applause.
‘Thank you for your patience and also your applause, we really appreciate it up here at the front. We are doing everything we can to get the aircraft back to Dublin as quickly as we can.’
Once the announcement ends Morrissey can be seen clapping again and telling crew:
‘What? What? This means nothing.’
In further video, where the pilot is heard briefing passengers ahead of landing on weather conditions at Dublin, Morrissey is again seen and heard clapping the announcement.
The captain adds:
‘As I say thank you again for your patience, at the end of the flight, I will be at the front of the aircraft, if you have any questions or comments I will be happy to answer those.
‘Please don’t take it out on our lovely crew, we are doing all we can as I’ve said many times, to get you to Dublin as soon as we can. Thank you again for your patience.’
One eyewitness said:
‘I didn’t realise it was Morrissey at first until someone told me and then I recognsied him. He was slow handclapping the pilot and the crew and being really disrespectful to all of them.
‘He looked like he’d been drinking and he was at the front in business class and was asking for gin and tonics all the time.
‘The pilot announced we had to go to Shannon because of thunderstorms in Dublin and we must have been on the ground for two hours before we took off again.
‘Morrissey was being really obnoxious and spiteful, he said he wanted to get off in Shannon because he didn’t want to be in a flying coffin but the crew wouldn’t let him.
‘He was standing at the front talking to the captain for a bit who was trying to calmly explain to him there was nothing that could be done and we had to wait for the weather to clear.
‘Everytime the captain made an announcement Morrissey would just start jeering and slow hand clapping him. I thought it was really boorish and rude of him.’
Flight tracking apps show the flight, BA0824, take off from Heathrow and then landing at Shannon at 8.07pm after being diverted because of the weather.
At 9.37pm it took off before landing in Dublin, 35 mins later, at 10.15 two hours and twenty minutes behind schedule where he left the flight without any further incident or police and security being called.