American Idol’s Jason Castro put up with a boatload of misery on a grueling airline flight last week and he never cracked a scowl. Journalist Sue Facter happened to be seated a few rows behind Jason on an American Airlines flight from Newark to LA, Tuesday night at 6:30. Flight attendants and passengers were aflutter at the sight of the exhausted Jason and he was “friendly and accommodating.” But he never got to nap. The flight was delayed for hours and finally everyone was sent to hotels. The next day he was bumped to coach and THAT flight made an emergency landing in Chicago for mechanical reasons. Hours later, passengers were complaining loudly as they were herded onto yet another plane. Jason was again bumped to coach and this flight had no pillows, blankets, and ran out of food! Passengers had to share their tiny sandwiches! Through it all, Sue says, Jason remained charismatic and sweet to everyone. It took three planes and 24 hours to get him to LA – and he was still smiling.

Posted by hoodlum on May 17, 2008

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  1. By becky
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Those lucky dogs that got stuck in coach with him!!!!

  2. By Jean
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Awww poor Jason what a sweetheart he is! A true show of charcter is displayed through adversities, even in this small trial. Love you Jason Castro…please make your wonderful music soon! I can hardly wait.

  3. By Nancy
    On May 17, 2008 at

    It is wonderful to have you confirm what so many of us believe about Jason; that he is an incredibly nice person. His attitude towards life is one that I admire and strive for even though I am thirty years older than him.

  4. By I shot the Tamborine Man
    On May 17, 2008 at

    The more I hear about him and how he handles things, I like him even more.
    His parents did a great job raising him. They should be proud of him.

  5. By Anonymous
    On May 17, 2008 at

    We Love you Jason!

  6. By Anonymous
    On May 17, 2008 at

    That was nice to read. Thanks. Jason makes us proud to be his fans.

  7. By Anonymous
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Every story I hear about Jason Castro just confirms my beliefs about him. He is a talented artist as well as a genuine and respectable human being. What a kind and sweet young man he is. I expect great things from him in the future – and I can’t wait!!!

  8. By Anonymous
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Thank you. I wish everyone could see how incredibly nice he truly is. And of course, talented to boot.

  9. By Lori
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Could this guy be any nicer?
    How many people do you know that would not be scowling and grumbling after this?

  10. By Anonymous
    On May 17, 2008 at

    AI WERE FOOLS-they tried to destroy one of the most refreshing original contestants that AI ever had on stage
    JASON is unique, talented, classy, humble-the more I read and see of him this week, the more I see a fantastic person–that has a very caring heart. PLUS he is georgous–does he ever take a bad photo?
    I can not wait for his cd–he blow me away on AI–I love his original songs SO FAST and SOMEDAY.

  11. By Anonymous
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Jason Castro is a class act!

  12. By Art Chic
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Jason is a nice boy even though he practices the religion of the Rastafarians. He is very relaxed due to the very powerful BC hydroponic he consumes in his rituals. 4:20 Jake!

  13. By p88
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Its good to hear this other side of the story to contradict what other gossip site says, specifically TMZ! Thank you for sharing this! jason Castro is a man of principles, his mother raised him well!

  14. By I Hate American Idol
    On May 17, 2008 at

    I’ll bet Simon stole all the blankets on that flight, that b*startd!

  15. By elel
    On May 17, 2008 at

    he’s a good role model.

  16. By Hanna B
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Thank you for telling it like it is, without adding rumor and speculation just to get more readership. He truly is a talented, fine young man, with thousands of fans who love him.

  17. By Anonymous
    On May 17, 2008 at


  18. By Jason Fan
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Here’s another 50 yr old mother who loves Jason. I can’t wait for his first CD. The guy is amazing. Not only is he super talented, he is a great guy, sweet, smart and respectful.

  19. By Fan4ever
    On May 17, 2008 at

    Having faith makes the impossible possible and the unbelievable believable. Keep living the dream, Jason.

  20. By Claire
    On May 17, 2008 at

    I think this kid deserves all the kindness anyone can give him. He’s a fine singer, and a finer man.

  21. By gerard Vandenberg
    On May 17, 2008 at

    FAGGOTS are always “SWEET”!!
    That’s the main reason why we call them FAGGOTS!!

  22. By M
    On May 17, 2008 at

    What a sweetie pie. Idol judges are not really good judges.

  23. By Carol
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Yep!!!!! We could all learn something from our #1 Dreadhead!!

  24. By As If
    On May 18, 2008 at

    9:41 PM: Gerard….If there is such a thing as ‘a look’ that Faggots have, then I think U R right, that he is ONE. Most fags are somewhat sweet. BTW, if ever unbraided all those snakes on this head, a bushel basket could not contain all that hair.

  25. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    He’s not bright enough to understand, and therefore be upset, about his flights.

  26. By me
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Nah, he’s bright enough…1340 on his SATs I heard. Sounds pretty bright to me.
    He’s a great singer…and MAN enough to take the critcism of him with humor and dignity.
    Unlike certain other contestants who think they’re TMTH. WHATEVAH!

  27. By Stephanie Cobrun
    On May 18, 2008 at

    You forgot to add that when he finally got OFF the plane in LA paparazzi were there hounding him and he was NICE to them, too! Jason Castro is the definition of CLASS and is a true ROLE MODEL! IMO, that is an AMERICAN IDOL!

  28. By Amanda
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason’s a darling guy. More celebrities need to take a lesson from him!
    When he sings it’s all about love and happiness…seems to be the way he lives his life, too.

  29. By Kelli
    On May 18, 2008 at

    He is an outstanding guy and artist. Cannot wait for his first CD.

  30. By beckyvee
    On May 18, 2008 at

    It seems that Jason either touches the heart and soul, as in those of us who “get” him, or touches a raw,exposed nerve as in those who can’t wait to hurl mud at him because the pain from his breath of fresh air is unbearable… so go ahead haters and spew forth your venom… it makes no difference to him or to us who know the truth…

  31. By DH #1921
    On May 18, 2008 at

    You said it Becky! Jason is a wonderfull breath of fresh air that makes me proud to be in the same generation as him…goes to show that all of us kids born in the 80′s are not losers and spoiled brats. To the people that feel the need to hate constantly someday you will pay for you hatred….karma is a bitch!

  32. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Great person who has a great career ahead of him. By the way, he has a serious girlfriend so the above comments about his “orientation” are 100% false.

  33. By TikiTiki
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Okay – you jokesters posting here — it’s very clear you find Jason interesting – you even stopped what you were doing to read and comment. Good or bad – buzz is buzz.

  34. By TikiTiki
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Okay – you jokesters posting here — it’s very clear you find Jason interesting – you even stopped what you were doing to read and comment. Good or bad – buzz is buzz.

  35. By Flower Power
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Everyone should take Jason as the example to live up to. It never helps anything to get all bent out of shape over stuff you can’t control and it just makes everyone even more miserable. Good for Jason for showing his good character is the times of lifes annoyances! He once again proves he is a great guy. He can sing like an angel too!

  36. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    And not ONCE did Simon say he reminded him of cute puppies – he’s slipping … Can’t get any sweeter than Jason Castro!

  37. By Meg
    On May 18, 2008 at

    As expected of Jason! He’s a total sweetheart.

  38. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    This would not surprise his fans that know him and adore him. Stay true to yourself Jason and continue to play by your own rules…Keep thinking Bob Marley YEA!!!!

  39. By Connie
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Just another example of Jason’s sweet spirit and loving attitude. Oh if only more of us could approach life this way.
    Love him and can’t wait for his CD!

  40. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    That’s our Jason! Don’t you wish YOU were a Dreadhead, too??

  41. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason continuously makes me proud to be a fan of his.
    Just aa an aside…..what is it with some of the people here who make insulting, stupid comments? I’d suggest you all take a good look at yourselves.Peace.

  42. By cadreamin
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Thanks for writing this! That’s exactly why we all love Jason Castro and I hope others will read this and discover what a great guy he really is!

  43. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason is such a cool guy. What a wonderful role model he is. Not only nice but loaded with talent. Can’t wait for his CD!!!

  44. By Regencyweiler
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Jason fans aren’t surprised at all but its nice to put the word out, he’s a great guy. He has a lot of fans just waiting for his first CD.

  45. By Tori
    On May 18, 2008 at

    So cool to hear this. Jason’s such a talented and gorgeous guy – makes it even more amazing that he’s also such a genuinely nice guy.

  46. By CJ
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason is American idols first true class act. we love you!

  47. By Joanne Light
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Thanks for your report.
    He’s my behavioural role model. When I get in a tight jam or stressed I think of Jason, especially after hearing your report. Can hardly wait until I get my iPod so then I’ll never get stressed.

  48. By Sue Alaimo
    On May 18, 2008 at

    I am very proud to be a Jason fan. The guy is so humble and a breath of fresh air. His parents did a remarkable job raising him and I can only pray that my son grows up to be like Jason.

  49. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    I always knew Jason was a total gentleman, so THANK YOU for proving me right yet again.
    Not many people would handle this the way he did – with grace and patience.
    Jason has absolutely no ego whatsoever, and clearly has not let being on Idol inflate his sense of self-worth.
    To the haters who are posting negative comments – maybe you ought to take a good look at yourselves and strive to be more like Jason.

  50. By Lisa
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Thanks for writing a positive (and true) account of this wonderful young artist. Jason Castro has handled himself with such class and grace throughout his Idol experience…he’s a great role model and a charming, sweet guy. I’m a fan of his music and him for life! He truly makes me strive to be a better person.

  51. By Ash
    On May 18, 2008 at

    what a sweet soul.
    looks like i picked the right idol this year :-) Behind you 110% Jason!

  52. By abrahammy
    On May 18, 2008 at

    What a lovely, patient young man. Thanks for the article.

  53. By Lori
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Thank you so much for you nice heart warming story. It is so refreshing to read something nice these days, compared to all the negative sarcasm that seems to be so popular with the media these days!
    Kudos to you for a short, but well written article. I hope to read more from you in the future.

  54. By Sandra
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason Castro has the “IT” factor…talented, gorgeous, funny and seems like a genuinely nice person. Thanks for the article on a well-behaved star. It’s a nice change from reading about the
    “pop train wrecks”! Wish more celebrities could be like Jason..a positive role model!

  55. By Kim Smith
    On May 18, 2008 at

    I wish Sue Facter would tell EVERYONE about this!!!!! What an awesome story! People need to hear about a young celebrity doing the right thing for once!

  56. By tx49er
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Thank you for writing about the Jason we all love and admire. Wish we could all be more like him…what a wonderful world it would be.

  57. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason is such a great role model because he walks the walks. He’s very real and genuine. I see much greatness in his future.

  58. By Anonymous
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason is a great guy. Even he is now sort of a celebrity, but he never act like he is very special than anyone else. i love this kind of person. GREAT GUY, that is all i can say!!!!!

  59. By castroholic
    On May 18, 2008 at

    Jason’s beautiful inside and out… The longer he’s a celebrity, the more people are going to see this simple undeniable fact.
    We love you Jason! You make us feel proud and happy every single day. You’re amazing!! Just waiting for your CD to drop!

  60. By Anonymous
    On May 19, 2008 at

    Jason is the real American Idol. A class act and a very talented artist. Go Jason! I can’t wait to buy your first CD.

  61. By Jojo
    On May 19, 2008 at

    Talent, beaufiful voice,looks, and above all class and good manners! This is a winning combination. For all your fans you are our American Idol!

  62. By DH#1696
    On May 19, 2008 at

    America needs more beautiful souls like Jason Castro! He is such a wonderful person and soooo very talented as well!

  63. By Anonymous
    On May 19, 2008 at

    All I can say is that you can’t judge a book by its cover. When I saw Jason for the 1st time, I was taken back by the dreads but the moment I heard him strum Daydreaming Boy, I was hooked. I can only hope that my teenage daughters grow into such respectful adults as young Jason…his parents should be proud!! Jason has more class in his young years, than most adults twice (or more) his age. I’ll be spending my money to support him because he’s proven to me that hes a respectful and loving man. (I refuse to watch or listen to anything with Paris, Lindsay or Brittany…I’m not contributing to their downfall.

  64. By A fan 4ever
    On May 19, 2008 at

    Thanks so much!
    Much props to his parents for raising such a remarkable young man and kudos to Jason for remembering and using the lessons he was taught.

  65. By Anonymous
    On May 20, 2008 at

    He needs to cut that hair… or wash it!!!

  66. […] to The Hollywood Reporter, he decided “the day has come” to chop off the dreads. Click HERE for a character- revealing story about him. Luckily, he still has a nice head of […]


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