Sleb Safari: Celebrity travel just got even fancier

A luxury terminal for the rich and famous is due to be opened next year at Los Angeles airport

AVIATION news from Hollywood where Los Angeles international airport has revealed plans to build a special terminal for celebrities, sports and the filthy rich that will allow them to hang out far, far away from the great unwashed.

The one per cent will pay up to $1,800 for the privilege of breathing the perfumed air of exclusive lounges and nibbling first-class catering while availing of a personal shopper and separate security and border checkpoints.

Planning approval has been granted and within six months chauffeurs will be picking their celebrity charges up from the special terminal and dropping them at the aeroplane.

Not for them the 2,200 steps which mortals take in their journey from check-in to security to duty free to gate to plane seat. Celebrities will instead totter along for 60 exhausting steps. Except for Mariah Carey, who’ll expect to be carried.

Deborah Ale Flint, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports which operates the airport, said providing celebrities with a private route through LAX would have the added benefit of making travel more enjoyable for non-celebrities who sometimes find themselves in the middle of a media scrum.

Crazy talk Deborah. The best thing about airports is celebrity spotting.

Sleb Safari would pass out if Brangelina and the kids were in the queue for an EasyJet flight to Luton. Don’t you dare try and deprive Sleb Safari of that pleasure Deborah, don’t you dare.

And anyway, there’s no way the chronically un-shy Kardashians would pay to hang out in a hangar heaving with celebrities and with nary a paparazzo in sight.

To lighten the blow of finding out that Sleb Safari’s sighting of Louis Walsh in Heathrow last year might be its last, Sleb Safari has been indulging in some online retail research and has decided to do all its Christmas shopping this year at the house of Goop.

By happy coincidence Gwyneth Paltrow has opened a pop-up shop in New York for anyone travelling there in the run-up to Christmas.

According to a press release the Goop pop-up shop will feel “downtown, uptown with handmade custom furniture and accessories that create unexpected juxtapositions in a high-touch loft setting”, whatever that means.

Forget that, Sleb Safari doesn’t care what it means it just wants to go and have a poke around a shop that stocks Aviation Parkas for $475 and a $24 kit that has everything you need to make a gin and tonic on the plane, except for the gin which you have to ask the flight attendant for. You’re right, it makes no sense whatsoever.

The first thing Sleb Safari needs to make this plan come together is a plane ticket from Belfast to New York. Fingers crossed Christine Bleakley is on the same flight. Let the sleb spotting commence!


Competition Time

Sleb Safari has a brilliant prize that’ll please mums, dads and kiddiewinkies alike.

We are Vertigo is an award-winning adventure centre with oodles of trampolines and a couple of ski slopes and it has recently opened a spa where you can treat yourself to facials, nail treatments, waxing, tans and full body massages.

Think about it – you drop the kids off and chillax in the spa while they have a go on the high ropes and climbing wall and bounce to the point of exhaustion on the trampolines.

To celebrate the opening of its spa We are Vertigo are offering a fantastic prize of an Ultimate Aromatherapy luxurious full body massage, ski or snowboarding lesson for the family (two adults and two children) and a family adventure pass (two adults and two children).

To enter the competition answer the following question correctly:

Where is We Are Vertigo located?

Email your answer to and mark the entry Sleb Safari/We Are Vertigo competition. The competition closes at noon on Wednesday November 25 and usual Irish News rules apply.


Sassy Lady Award for Claire Danes

CLAIRE Danes is this week’s winner of the sassy lady award for her attitude to body shaming.

The actor told Allure magazine that she quite likes how she looks, thanks very much, and you should too.

"It’s just so ingrained in us, the idea that we should take up the right amount of space, literally and figuratively.

"I've wrestled with this my whole life, as just a person in the world and as somebody who make images. It's OK to want to look and feel your best. It's OK to work at being attractive, whatever that means to you.

“And it's also OK to not expect to be defined by that. It's OK to be powerful in every way: to be big, to take up space. To breathe and to thrive."

Claire Danes, your award is in the post.


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