Top Model’s Miss J was on diverted flight

America’s Next Top Model judge and runway coach Miss J. Alexander was on the flight diverted to Maine on its way from Paris to New York when another passenger claimed to have explosives and a fake passport.

“I’ve got to go straight to hair and makeup. I’ve got to be on set at 4:20. This has not been a wonderful flight for Miss J at all,” Miss J told the Bangor Daily News while waiting at the airport in Maine.

Although the paper reports that other passengers became concerned when a flight attendant made an announcement and sounded distressed, and when flight attendants moved passengers away from the back of the plane and covered the man’s bag with pillows and seat cushions in case it exploded, Miss J said that he didn’t realize anything was amiss until the suspect and officials “walked right by me and then it hit me that a serious thing had happened.”

Nevertheless, he was mobbed at the airport and a reporter from a local news station tweeted that Miss J “made the joke about the suspect being cute.” That reporter, Aaron Jackson, also awkwardly tweeted that he “Interviewed ‘Ms. Jay’ from America’s Next Top Model about flight being diverted to Bangor because of bomb threat. I had no idea who it was.”

“Ms.”? “It”? I don’t think someone is going to be very happy about any of that.

Passengers sensed something serious [Bangor Daily News]

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