Amy Poehler gave up her first class seat to a mom, charmed everyone in coach

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This is a rare story about a celebrity being awesome, so I really wanted to cover it. Plus I fly often and it can be a tiring, miserable experience. It’s wonderful to imagine a celebrity lifting everyone’s spirits by giving up her first class seat. So, as you gathered from the title, Amy Poehler saw a mom with an infant in coach and she insisted that the woman switch seats with her. Of course the mom was like “oh, no it’s fine,” but Amy persisted and moved to coach with the masses who have no legroom. She then proceeded to crack jokes, take pictures and basically make everyone’s week.

Amy Poehler was a high-flying hero during a recent trip from LA to NYC when she gave up her first class seat to a new mom with an infant. “The woman was struggling with her baby, diaper bag and luggage, so Amy offered to swap seats and sit in coach instead!” recounts a witness. “The woman kept refusing the offer, but Amy wouldn’t budge. She literally had to push the mom into her first class seat. It was really sweet.” Amy, 42, certainly knows what it’s like traveling with kids. The star has two young sons of her own, ARchie, 5, and Abel, 3. “Amy ended up sitting in an aisle seat in coach, where she took pictures with other passngers and joked around,” added the spy. “Everyone loved her!”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, May 26, 2014]

What a great, nice thing Amy did. I’ve never heard of another celebrity giving up their first class seat, but I googled it and Jessica Alba once flew coach and let her nanny go in first class with her kids. Huh, that’s nicer than I would have expected from Alba.

I always look for celebrities when I fly, do you guys do that? I try to subtly scan the business class seats. I’ve only seen Brian Williams, Harvey Keitel, and some young actor from TV whom I can picture but can’t remember his name. I’m constantly looking for famous people but there’s barely any payoff. So instead I sometimes tell random people which famous people they look like. Usually people love to hear that they look like a celebrity.

Getting back to Amy, there was a cute story in this week’s US about Amy’s romance with Nick Kroll. She gave a quick quote at a recent event with Nick that “Things are great, that’s all I’m gonna say!” Us’ source says that Nick and Amy connect “on so my levels” and that “she’s turned on by his intellect and humor.” I’m so glad she’s happy! Look at how cute they are together.

Amy Poehler at LAX

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Amy Poehler is shown at events in March and May, and at LAX on April 30. That might be when she did this! Credit:

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  1. Angie says:

    Awwwww…she is AWESOME!

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I love that Amy seldom wears wiglets or hairpieces! She is one of my Beauty Icons! AND she appears to have a natural nose, which I love.

      I lurv Amy. That is all. *slinks away to fangirl in private*

      • deehunny says:

        I love Nick Kroll and am straight thrilled to hear that they are together. They make such a great match!!!

  2. Bshg says:

    Love Amy!!

  3. Sayrah says:

    Way to go Amy! Now if she’d taken a middle seat near the bathroom I think she would qualify for sainthood.

    I didn’t know they were dating. He’s hilarious on The League.

    • Egla says:

      I had that once…. stuck between 2 grumpy people on a 9 hour flight from Paris to Montreal with 300 something other passengers, and everybody seemed to prefer THAT bathroom. Previously i changed 2 other smaller planes near the said bathrooms (i live at the end of the world, don’t ask).
      Do i qualify to become a saint nowwwww????? 😀
      Where is Amy when you need her????

  4. lower-case deb says:

    awww… might be a shallow one of me, but stories like these made me wish i can overcome my fear of flying (to stalk amazing celebs)


    • Jess says:

      Xanax. I won’t even look at a plane without it. I’m still shakey and nervous but it really does make a huge difference.

    • Kate says:

      Ativan and 1 or 2 Bloody Mary’s for me. Like Jess, still a bit shaky but at least I’m not crying.

  5. MediaMaven says:

    she’s a class act.

  6. Kaylen says:

    Zach Galifianakis will forever be my favorite kind celeb, after what was revealed over him helping that hopeless woman. And bringing her to premiers! Everybody just thought she was family. Crazy how long the extent of it stayed secret.

    • tifzlan says:


      • Celebitchy says:

        Here’s our story on it, which was just a rumor type story in Star, until Zach brought the woman with him to the premiere of Hangover 3!

      • WillowDreamer says:

        Thank you for sharing the story about Zach and Mimi!
        What an awesome story and wow if more people with money and fame would do things like this well it could catch on like wildfire!

        This is off topic but similar idea….concerning the story of Elin Nordegren giving an inspiring speech at college…i couldn’t help but think with all her money
        wouldn’t it have been amazing if she had paid for everyone’s tuition that graduated with her or if she set up a foundation for single mothers going to college to help pay for their tuition.
        I know this is a dream but man if i had the money and connections that is what i would do!

      • lucy2 says:

        WillowDreamer, the way she talked about the struggles her classmates faced, I wouldn’t be surprised if she did set something like that up, or had done so already. Lots of people do stuff anonymously, and given the way she’s steered clear of publicity, I’d imagine she would be one of them.

  7. QQ says:

    Aw she is such a good egg! (I love her with Nick Kroll too btw, he is hilarious and weirdhot)

  8. red viper says:

    She’s so awesome! I wish more (famous) people did that more often…we’re all human beings before everything.

  9. Kiddo says:

    She is a honey. The closest to real anyone will get in Hollywood, I bet.

  10. Madi says:

    My daughter is cabin crew on a budget airline in the UK. You would be surprised how many celebrities fly with them. She has been to a few concerts with great seats because of who she has flown with.

    It was great what Amy did, she seems really down to earth and a lot of fun.

  11. smee says:

    Ha! She actually did LCK’s “fantasy” bit about giving up his 1st class seat to a soldier. She is awesome. I can’t believe P&R is done after next season 🙁

  12. Jackson says:

    Except everyone in first class now hates Amy because she let a woman with a baby into the hallowed realm. Just kidding! Sort of! So sweet of her though. She seems like a legit nice person, who just happens to be a celeb.

    • Tracy says:

      One time when my kids were about 3 and 5 we were bumped up to first class for whatever reason. I can tell you we did get the side eye from a few people when we took our seats. It was not my kids first time at the rodeo so they were well behaved and it all went well.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        We fly first class to Turks & Caicos every year (me, the husband, my parents and my kids). That means we pay for six seats in first class. My children are well behaved, but I still get the side eye from one or two first class passengers before takeoff (as they anticipate my 3 and 5 year old children wont behave, or that the baby will cry). I do my best not to disturb the other passengers, but people can still be impatient. One man told me kids shouldn’t fly first class (right as he took his seat in front of us, and before my kids even had a chance to disturb him). I told him he should buy out first class next time if he felt that way. Besides, we paid for six of those seats!

      • almondey says:

        @MorticiansDoItDeader – “I told him he should buy out first class next time if he felt that way. Besides, we paid for six of those seats!” I LOVE THIS. at the end of the day, if you’re paying hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to fly 1st class, I don’t give a flying hoot how much a person thinks it disturbs them. Sheesh, buy out the 1st or business class cabin in that case! Well done, MorticiansDoItDeader!

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @al, thanks! Everyone is certainly entitled to a peaceful flight and he paid for a seat too, but I had to stick it to him for acting like such an a** before my kids even had the chance to disturb him! Oh, and what really got me was how I overheard him laughing with the guy next to him that he stuck his wife in coach! Real gentleman, that one.

      • lucy2 says:

        Ugh – don’t you wish you could have found his wife after the flight, and in front of him just said “I’m feel so sorry for you!”

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @lucy2, I saw them at the same resort and she looked like a sad puppy. I felt awful for her.

    • John says:

      No qualification necessary, Jackson, some airlines do not permit children under a certain age to ride in first class at all. People don’t pay up to $5,000 a seat or more to relax on a long flight to have their entire section overtaken by crying babies and poopy diapers, especially as a goodwill gesture and not pre-approved ticket purchasers.

  13. Tracy says:

    Aww…. So nice to hear of a celeb who is a good human being!! Love her!

  14. blue marie says:

    She’s awesome, how can you not love her

  15. Lisa says:

    My husband sat next to Billie Ray Cyrus on a flight. Said he was very low key and personable.

    • j.eyre says:

      I was on a flight with Julia Louise Dreyfus and Brad Hall (and their kids.) They were as lovely as you would imagine.

      • Amy Tennant says:

        I don’t have a celebrity plane story, but my uncle once sat next to Iron Eyes Cody (the crying “Native American” in those ’70s anti-pollution ads)

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      I saw Howard Stern in the St. John Island Airport! He looked funny with his obviously shoe polished long ringlets and board shorts.

  16. Jane Q. Doe says:

    Go Amy! What a fun story for the mom and everyone on the plane.

  17. Well played Amy? Brava! As for Jessica Alba giving up her seat…it would be more impressive if she had let the Nanny have that time to herself and taken he kids with her in coach! A wee treat.

    • Kate says:

      I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Alba was in first class and made her kids and nanny sit in coach to begin with. Or that Alba didn’t sit with her kids at all, it seems.

    • Delta Juliet says:

      Funny! I thought the same thing. Sounds like she just took the option of not having to care for anyone during the flight, no matter where she was sitting haha

      • Jayna says:

        Bngo. What’s so great about being in first class if you are taking care of kids? I bet the nanny would have loved to have been off on her own reading a book. That’s what Jessica was doing. LOL

      • original kay says:

        that’s what I thought!
        weird she sat away from her kids and nanny

    • Pandy says:

      Yeah, Alba just dumped her kids off for a few hours. No heroics there, “honest”!!!

  18. Luca26 says:

    Now that’s real class!

  19. MrsBPitt says:

    Amy is one of my favorites…so naturally funny!!! And it’s nice to know she is a good person, too! Anyone know why she and Will Arnett divorced? Did I miss some cheating scandal or anything?? I always thought he looked a little jerky…

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Cheating rumors abound. My own personal impression was that he seemed like a self-centered man who is in that grey middle ground between closet douchebag and full on arsehole. I only like him because he has a longterm bromance with Jason Bateman.

    • Jess says:

      Seems like he started dating one of his co stars a little too soon after they split. He definitely seems a little douchey but I figured if she married him he must be ok.

  20. Ag says:

    i love amy. more and more. that’s it. 🙂

  21. DavidBowie says:

    MY BIL sat next to Martha Stewart once. He said she was very nice and they talked almost the entire flight. She gave him her scarf b/c he had forgotten his coat at home and it was the dead of winter in NYC. He said she refused to eat the airline food (no surprise).

    • Amulla says:

      That’s because airline food is gross.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        I’ve heard that airline food is not gross, but the altitude screws up your tastebuds (less oxygen means less responsivity) so the food seems tasteless and weird, no matter what they do.

      • Penny says:

        I think that’s partly true. Some airline food is just flat-out gross and stodgy and unidentifiable, but many airlines make a real effort these days for long haul flights, and to me everything still tastes weird. Not bad necessarily, just not how you expect certain things to taste.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      It probably wasn’t gross in 2008 when they cooked it. C’mon, be fair.

  22. Stormsmama says:

    She’s awesome <3

  23. mom2two says:

    She is one awesome lady. I adore her.
    My uncle shared a flight with Randy Moss, when he was with the Minnesota Vikings. My uncle said he was a really nice guy (to him), my uncle shook his hand and completed him on his talent.

    • Ange says:

      I mean no disrespect but I let out a very immature snerk/laugh noise when I read your typo saying your uncle ‘completed him’.

  24. Christin says:

    Nice of her to do that. I don’t have any airline celebrity sightings, but have known of some celebrity relatives or longtime friends who are in consulting or sales jobs. Two have been connected to A-listers. No huge stories, except in one case we got some backstory about a long-ago highly publicized romance of two well-known celebrities that sadly ended. Nothing overly detailed or salacious, but a relatively simple explanation instead of all the tabloid speculation.

  25. MissTrial says:

    I find her ( the her that I perceive) to be likeable & genuine. Tina Fey, not so much.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      I get this vibe too – Tina Fey bugs me in the same way Rihanna does but can’t put my finger on it. Amy doesn’t come across as smug.

    • Sloane Wyatt says:

      For me, Tina Fey seems a trifle smug and self congratulatory. I guess it takes one to know one.

  26. Shiksa Goddess says:

    Oh that Amy, she’s not just a regular mom, she’s a cool mom.

  27. lucy2 says:

    I love Amy – she just seems like an all around awesome person, and I’m not surprised she did this. I’ve read a few blind items of others doing it too, unless the blinds were about her. I’m sad P&R will end next year, but I hope she does something else great next.

    I usually glance through first class but I’m bad at recognizing people. I did sit next to a nanny and kid recently, and it sounded like the mother was in first class, and that they usually flew private, but I never got a glance at the mother.

    • almondey says:

      Sounds like you flew with Kim K! Ignori and nanny in coach while Kim flies private does sound just about right.

  28. Teri says:

    Love Amy and Love Nick! So glad she got rid of Will Arnett!

  29. Liberty says:

    Oh my god!! just a couple of weeks ago when I flew to Dallas I sat next to this guy in coach who gave me more legroom and his pants and fifty dollars and a sapphire ring! The flight attendant told me he was a real prince!!

    Amy is so cool, love her.

  30. Murphy says:

    I only ever fly from Hartford, CT (BDL) to Orlando. So…I never see anyone famous, ever.

  31. kcarp says:

    This is really nice. How great must it feel to be able to do nice things like this for people?

    On another note, we are taking our 2 year old to Disneyworld in October, her first flight. I think I need a prayer circle or whatever it is called started now to get us from Dallas to Orlando.

    We will probably be on CNN as the flight is turned around for an insane toddler.

    • Jayna says:

      I’m laughing, but I hope I’m not on your flight. LOL I will say a prayer for you. I remember trying to travel with my sister’s wild two-year-old when we flew somewhere. I remember her saying, “What was I thinking?”

  32. Tulip says:

    Amy, you rock! What an incredibly sweet and kind thing to do:)

  33. Amulla says:

    That is so nice of her. I certainly can’t picture Gwyneth Paltrow or Kim Kardashian doing something like giving up their seat for a “peasant”.

  34. Ginger says:

    How cool for the folks on that plane, especially the Mom! I fly a lot as well but on discount airlines so the only celebrities I might see are at the airport. One time while waiting for my younger brother’s flight to arrive at McCarran airport, my other brother, my mother and myself watched Andre Agassi and his wife Steffi Graf exit the plane first, holding hands (awwww) and walking super fast to get past the folks in the airport. But since I live in Las Vegas, seeing celebrities here is not really a big deal anymore. I’ve seen celebrities in random places in Vegas. It’s so odd when you look at someone and you say to yourself, “hey isn’t that…?” I’ve never flown first class. I can only imagine how nice it must be.

  35. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    I’m surprised Disney or one of those companies hasn’t come out with a child-centered airline – this would seem to make sense since so many parents dread flying with their children because of being afraid of them misbehaving and getting the stink eye from other passengers. The stories of bad kids on airlines are hugely entertaining though 🙂

  36. Sarah says:

    Aww. I was just reading Mindy Kaling’s book last night and she raved about Amy and had a sweet anecdote about how she made her go out with everyone when Mindy was guest writing on SNL and felt shy. I hope great things for Amy!!

  37. Dawn says:

    She is a wonderful person obviously!

  38. Tiffany :) says:

    I sat next to a celeb relative once! lol.
    It was Jeff Bridge’s mother in law. She was showing me pictures of The Dude and her grandchildren…she was a very nice lady and said Jeff was a fantastic son-in-law.

  39. ctkat1 says:

    I was on the same flight with Cynthia Nixon (from Sex and the City) years back. She was wearing one of her babies in a Bjorn and was totally low key- I didn’t go talk to her, but I eavesdropped when two teens went up to her and she was really nice to them.
    I also saw Alan Rickman and his family in an airport- again, didn’t talk to him (though I really, really wanted to!) but he was really nice to the people who did.
    Lest you think I’m amazing at leaving celebrities alone, I did bother Robert Duvall in a restaurant once, and he was incredibly nice (I was a teenager in a school uniform, but I balanced that out by quoting his dialogue from “Apocalypse Now” to him- in retrospect, that makes him nicer since that had to be beyond annoying).

    • Sighs says:

      Alan Rickman!!! You lucky thing.

      The only celeb I’ve ever seen at the airport was some country singer in Nashville. I can’t remember her name for the life of me… Wait…. Lori Morgan? Maybe? I never see anyone cool. I did see an old man tumble down the escalator. That was awful. I need new airplane stories.

    • snowflake says:

      wow, i love cynthia nixon and SATC! jealous!

  40. LilyT says:

    Ok, it’s official. I’m in love with her.

    Unfortunately, she and Tina Fey will have to fight for my affections.

    Woe is me.

  41. Abbott says:

    This was a two week old blind item on another site. Come to think of it, this is the second post today that comes from and old blind. Huh.

  42. OriginalCrystal says:

    That’s such a nice thing to do. What a sweetheart. Love Amy.

  43. bettyrose says:

    That Jessica Alba story makes me wonder why people don’t buy first class seats for their nannies. I once watched a frantic nanny pushing her way down the aisle in coach after landing. Her employers had stuck her way back in coach but clearly had instructed her to get to 1st class immediately after landing.

  44. joan says:

    I’m surprised anyone would say they don’t like Tina Fey. She seems very warm and genuine to me, and a strong woman who doesn’t feel the need to try to act tough to be strong.

    The fact that, as a child, she was attacked in her yard by a stranger — with a knife — moves me, and when I see that scar on her face I wonder how she and her family went through that.

  45. Pandy says:

    My Mum shared a seat with Ben Mulroney. I think you need to be a Canadian to know who he is but short story, he is an E anchor and the son of one of our Prime Ministers. She said he was lovely – introduced himself and shook her hand, lifted her carry on into the overhead bin for her (she was around 80 at that time), made a bit of small talk and then they both read their books. So, kudos, Ben!!

  46. Anne tommy says:

    Love Amy and her ex hubby will arnett too. kind gesture. Always good to see…I never could stand rod Stewart ” if you want my body and you think I’m sexy…” Err no on both counts rod- but he went up in my estimation when a colleague – mature and not his type- had no change for a vending machine at an airport, rod was also getting a drink and got one for her too, a small gesture but nice.

  47. Kerrboom says:

    I’ve never seen a celebrity while flying, but I’ve been mistaken for Lily Collins (Phil Collins’ daughter) a couple of times.

  48. Bob Loblaw says:

    I am a fan of hers, I love to laugh, and it’s wonderful to read such a charming story about her! I hope she finds happiness with her new guy.

  49. Jess says:

    I really like Amy, she does seem down to earth and obviously she’s hilarious, this was a nice gesture!

    I think I saw Bradley Cooper at the airport in Cabo years ago, it was after wedding crashers but before he got super famous. He looked taller than I thought he would, and he had this really gorgeous blonde girl with him who looked like a model, but nobody was bothering him and I started to question if it was him or not.

  50. Aqua says:

    I love these kind of stories once in a while it a great change and shows that not celeb or full of themselves or a pain in the butt.