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Report: Queen of pop given royal treatment on Virgin Atlantic flight

By Natalie Avon, Special to CNN
Madonna was let off a Virgin Atlantic flight two hours before any other passengers, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
Madonna was let off a Virgin Atlantic flight two hours before any other passengers, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Madonna let off Virgin Atlantic plane two hours before other passengers, says Daily Mail
  • The plane sat on the tarmac for about three hours, story says
  • Virgin statement: Privileges are "reflected in the higher cost of the (first class) ticket"
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Madonna and her entourage were let off a Virgin Atlantic plane that was stuck on a snowy tarmac two hours before any of the other passengers, according to London's Daily Mail.

The flight from New York was originally destined for London's Heathrow Airport but instead landed at Stansted Airport due to bad weather, where the plane sat for about three hours, said the Daily Mail.

"As the plane was diverted to Stansted due to very difficult weather conditions, disembarkation was delayed while ground staff waited for buses to transport customers back to London Heathrow," said a statement from Virgin Atlantic. "We apologize for any inconvenience this diversion caused, but for safety reasons this action was unavoidable."

According to other first-class passengers, Madonna and her associates were let off the plane first and were taken by bus to the terminal, said the story.

Virgin said in their statement, "It is common across airlines that business and first-class passengers disembark first and this is reflected in the higher cost of the ticket."

Still, no other first-class passengers were allowed off the flight for another two hours, though they were reportedly treated to a performance from the Queen of Pop herself, passengers told the Daily Mail -- a yoga performance in the aisles, that is.