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September 30, 2006

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Which leads me to point out that Bonnie Tyler herself is in trouble for singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on an international flight recently, causing traumatized passengers (but not the Norwegians) to sue the airlines.

I heard this story on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me", but here's USA Today Online's version of it.

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Fliers sue Air France following rock star's performance

In another story you may have missed over the Labor Day weekend, UPI reports that passengers on a France-to-Mauritius flight have filed a suit against Air France. Their complaint came after musician Bonnie Tyler sang her 80s hit Total Eclipse of the Heart at the request of the co-pilot. "I was asleep in First Class,” Tyler said. “The stewardess came and said the co-pilot was retiring (after the flight). And they asked me would I sing to him. They were having a bit of a party," she added. UPI writes that the upset passengers apparently claimed they “were traumatized by the experience and had feared for their safety during the celebration.” An unnamed Air France official responded: "The claim against Air France, which it completely rejects, is that the celebrations got more and more unruly and came to a climax when Bonnie sang. Air France is saying that any suggestion there was anything more than a few slaps on the back for the co-pilot is nonsense, and it completely rejects the claims that the passengers were at any sort of risk." Another oddity to the story is that UPI said the complaining passengers were “believed to be Belgian,” though it’s not clear how that was known -– or why it was relevant.

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