I’m with Arya

July 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Maisie Williams is proving there is no stark contrast between her and her TV character, Arya.

Williams, who plays feisty Arya Stark on the wildly popular TV show Game of Thrones, was refused entry to a business class lounge operated by British Airways.

The 17-year old leapt onto Twitter to criticise the airline, who do not allow people under the age of 18 into the lounge by themselves.

“Denied from the business lounge once again for being under 18 and without an adult… @British_Airways sort your s**t out,” she said.

“I’m not saying I deserve special treatment,” she added.

“Just saying if 16-18 yr olds are grown up enough to travel 5400 miles around the world I’m sure we can handle sitting quietly in the damn lounge.”

In response, British Airways said:

“Hi Maisie. We’re sorry if you were disappointed, lounge guests must be 18 or older. We look forward to welcoming you soon.”

Williams, not content to end it there, continued.

“Yes.. @British_Airways fully understand that, my question is why? Why can we travel alone but not use the lounge? It makes no sense.”

British Airways said the policy was in place due to the complimentary alcohol bar, which could be freely accessed by anyone within the lounge.

That’s silly. They also serve alcohol on board the planes There is a way they could deal with that, by having a section of the lounge alcohol free. Or just to have someone tell a 16 or 17 year old who enters that they can’t use the bar.

Best headline on the issue was Arya Stark adds British Airways to her list :-)

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21 Responses to “I’m with Arya”

  1. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Tough. If she didn’t like the rules maybe she should have flown with a different airline.

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  2. TheContrarian (1,085 comments) says:

    I think the difference being alcohol on planes isn’t self-service.

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  3. Ed Snack (1,872 comments) says:

    Stupid comment David, and stupid actress who thinks that rules only apply to “little people”. She’s 17, she’s under age to be served alcohol, there’s a “help yourself” bar. Tough shit over privileged Arya.

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  4. CJPhoto (221 comments) says:

    MY guess it is the liquor licencing laws, not BA rules.

    Access to the bar is unrestricted I assume so you would have to have a restricted and unrestriced area to allow under age customers.

    I wonder what Koru Clubs rules on this are. To get Koru membership you have to be over 18 and I dont think you can get in without a member (or have a pass which normally means you have a credit card which again is over 18?)

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  5. Julian (177 comments) says:

    Agree with the previous commenters. Imagine the headline if a bunch of 16 year-olds got hammered in the BA lounge on a school trip.

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  6. Nukuleka (325 comments) says:

    Surprised that anyone would feel any sympathy let alone condone the point of view of this spoilt little madam. She should grow up and accept that there are rules and regulations in life- and DPF should accept that too.

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  7. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    it’s absolutely due to licensing laws, but I do understand her frustration of having paid for a business class ticket and having to sit outside.

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  8. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    Personally, I think cretinous Hollywood actors should be kept apart from other people as often as possible, and that includes being barred from Business lounges. Regardless of their age.

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  9. redqueen (562 comments) says:

    Well, this one creates something of a problem: on the one hand, I happen to think the laws and regulations which regulate drinking are rather stupid (for the most part) and see little real risk if she does have ‘access’ to alcohol (worst case she gets trolleyed, good lord, we should run in fear of marauding 17 year old girls in a business lounge…). So this seems a silly reason not to let someone into a lounge. On the other hand, the rules are written as they are. This may be due to licensing restrictions, it may be due to corporate policy, or it may simply have been some archaic rule that nobody has ever changed. But the fact is, it’s entirely within BA’s right to set its own policy (or adhere to legal restrictions, if applicable). If she really thinks this is so important, Twitter hardly seems the platform to solve it. Instead, she should be highlighting the abject stupidity in restricting free choice, both of licensees and people.

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  10. Huevon (222 comments) says:

    Just giving airtime to the frivolous celebrity culture while promoting the gratuitous violence in that mind-rotting stupid TV show. (head in hands)

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  11. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Classic!

    I bet this stupid bint uttered the now infamous line “don’t you know who I am”?

    Tough luck, she is under age and that is the end of the story.

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  12. Manolo (13,754 comments) says:

    The obsession with non-entities like this Arya continues. Why?

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  13. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    aww poor little thing. not allowed in the lounge.

    maybe under 18 year olds are a pain in the ass! loud, obnoxious etc

    She looks like shes 12. does she have that webster thing going on?

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  14. NeillR (351 comments) says:

    And once she was on the plane she still wouldn’t be able to drink alcohol if she was under the legal limit, age wise. Non-story move on.

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  15. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    Zero sympathy here, too.

    It doesn’t matter is she appears on some TV programme or not – she’s under age and isn’t allowed in a self-serve alcohol area. She’s just coming across as a silly little girl who thinks ‘rules’ don’t apply to her.

    Unlucky. She needs to get over herself.

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  16. shoreboy57 (140 comments) says:

    She should try getting into a bar in the US. FFS- the self-importance of young “celebs”

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  17. G152 (337 comments) says:

    The immaturity of her rant is sufficient evidence as to why she shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near alcohol and adults

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  18. SGA (1,025 comments) says:

    Alan at 10:45 am

    it’s absolutely due to licensing laws, but I do understand her frustration of having paid for a business class ticket and having to sit outside.

    That is the other way to look at it – if I paid for a business class ticket for one of teenagers (ha ha ha), I’d like them to get the full benefits of that expense (within the laws regarding alcohol etc. of course,).

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  19. Albert_Ross (291 comments) says:

    What she’s highlighting is the irritating (for someone of her age) fact that she’s considered an adult for some purposes and not for others, and there’s no rational basis for the differences. For example, she’s had to pay full price for her airline travel since she was 12, she’s allowed to have sex in some countries but not in others, she’s allowed to join the Army, fight and die for her country but not to vote for the politicians whose decisions would send her to do so, etc etc. Yes love, it’s not fair or reasonable, but you will get through it all too soon and then you’ll have a (hopefully) long life enjoying all the privileges and pains of adulthood. In the meantime, certainly politicians could bring in a law stating that the age of adulthood, for /all/ purposes, is (say) 17 and it is illegal to treat anybody as an adult below that age or as a non-adult above it, but frankly don’t we think there are more pressing problems for our governments to be dealing with?

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  20. ByterNZ (26 comments) says:

    I’m surprised at you, DPF. Because unlike many other people who have commented on this, I know that you have been inside airport lounges many, many times, and you know their normal layout and amenities, and what goes on inside them, and therefore you should know quite well why airport lounges the world over must have that age restriction. In every lounge I’ve been in, the alcohol has been completely unsupervised and conspicuously displayed, because that adds to the luxury of the surroundings. The airlines can get away with this because the vast majority of users are either quite accomplished, and therefore have enough self control to not cause problems, or are provided this access through their employment, and have a huge incentive not to lose this access (and likely their employment). And parents with lounge access are allowed to bring their children in, since the parents have a huge incentive to keep their kids well behaved.

    You also know quite well that the airlines couldn’t keep the same atmosphere if they had a U18 section of the lounge that was in any way connected to the main lounge. They’d have to start supervising the alcohol. And the number of potential U18 users who have business class tickets without getting them through their parents is vanishingly small. The only place I could see there being sufficent demand would be in the UAE, and I think Emirates might have an underage lounge.

    I find it very hard to believe that Arya travels completely alone without some member of staff that is over 18 that could “supervise” her. It doesn’t reflect well on her that she doesn’t understand the greater societal picture of why an airline wouldn’t want an underaged female in an area with unlimited alcohol available, especially given the nature of the show she is in.

    So since you must understand all of this, this must be that “mischief” your site talks about.

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  21. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    A friend of mine proudly recalls the time (during LOTR filming) when he saw Liv Tyler getting refused entry to Bar Bodega by an enormous Samoan bouncer due to being shitface drunk.

    And she tried ALL the big cards..

    “Do you know who I am?”

    “You can’t do this to me, I’m an American citizen”

    “But I AM over 18!”

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