Busy Philipps is one mad mama bear right now, and she says Delta is to blame. The trouble started on Friday, when the actor was traveling with her two children, daughters Birdie Leigh and Cricket Pearl. However, the family never made it off the ground because the airline canceled the original flight and rerouted 9-year-old Birdie to a different plane — one without Philipps. Understandably, the bungled itinerary had Philipps seeing red.
“Hey @Delta! Thanks for cancelling my flight and then rerouting us and separating my MINOR child onto a different flight than mine and having a 2 HR call time wait! You are terrible!” she seethed on Twitter (the tweets have since been deleted).
When a fan replied to the tweet to ask whether Birdie did, in fact, wind up on a different flight, Philipps was adamant that wasn’t ever an option, saying, “I would NEVER!!!!!”
Philipps continued her diatribe in her Instagram Story: “I got a text that our other flight was canceled and they had rerouted us and put us on different planes to different places” at 2:30 in the morning, she said. Per the new flight plan, Philipps and Cricket, 4, would arrive in St. Paul, Minnesota, while “B was going to Detroit.”
Fortunately, Philipps found another flight that the entire family could fit on at such a weird hour.
Delta tried to slide into Philipps’ social media feed and do damage control, but she was one pissed-off mama and did not respond publicly. However, in a statement to People, the airline insisted that it “worked quickly to resolve the rebooking issue and coordinated directly with the customer to adjust their travel.”
The spokesperson also noted that the problem stemmed from Philipps booking Birdie under two separate itineraries. But hey, we don’t blame Philipps for being hot about the situation, especially given the fact that the hour of the flight was prohibitive enough to make getting a new one tricky.
Had she not been able to get a new flight, what would the alternatives have been? To send Birdie on a separate flight to a separate place in the middle of the night? Skip her flight altogether? Philipps’ response, although strong, helped keep her family together and safe.
And right now, keeping families together and safe is a topic Philipps feels strongly about —she is a vocal opponent of the current administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. Over the weekend, she underscored her support for those marching to help keep families at the border together.
“I’m proud to support the thousands upon thousands of people taking to the streets today to say #FamiliesBelongTogether. Seeking asylum isn’t criminal,” she wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “I would do whatever I had to do to protect my family. Anyone would and to argue otherwise is insane.”