Barney the dinosaur's flying ban

Purple dinosaur stopped before boarding plane in Middle East

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Barney the Friendly Dinosaur has been banned from flying on a local budget airline for life. The popular kids’ entertainer was returning home from four days of shows in neighbouring Doha when Barney and his entourage were stopped and told big purple dinosaurs were not allowed on the flight. Eventually, staff allowed Barney onto the aircraft – but only after the worldwide celebrity promised never to fly wearing his purple scaly exterior. Despite his treatment, a spokesman from Barney’s camp has explained that the notoriously cuddly dinosaur holds no ill feeling towards the region and ‘still loves everyone’. He added: ‘We know Barney is a big, loveable, huggable dinosaur, and feel sorry he’s not welcome on [this airline].’

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