Airline Strands Scranton-Bound ‘Office’ Stars in Philly

Rainn Wilson, star of "The Office" on NBC (Photo: Getty Images)

Rainn Wilson and “half the cast” of “The Office” were stranded in Philadelphia on Friday when a connecting flight to Scranton, Pa., left 10 minutes before its scheduled departure time.

The story comes via Wilson himself who tweeted his outrage when the botched connection delayed the cast members’ arrival in the small Pennsylvania city where the NBC sitcom about the regional office of a paper company was located.

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The show, which is ending its run after nine seasons on May 16, was filmed in L.A., of course.

But Scranton was its fictional home, and various stars of the show have made publicity tours of the city in the years since “The Office” debuted in 2005.

Apparently, as many as seven of them were headed to Scranton on Friday for what will be a nearly full day of partying with fans on Saturday — part of the publicity build-up leading to the series’ one-hour finale.

But according to Wilson — whose reaction was reported here, in the New York Post — the “Office” cast members (who he did not name) should not have missed their connecting flight because they arrived in Philadelphia with plenty of time to spare.

Moreover, he pointed out, the tiny plane that was to take them to Scranton only had 20 seats, and the “Office” party was due to occupy seven of them. So, asked Wilson, why on Earth did the plane take off without them?

“So @USAirways just screwed me & half the cast of The Office,” Wilson tweeted, according to The Post. “Flight left BEFORE departure time. Sorry Scranton won’t see u til [Saturday].”

“The plane was a 20 seater, missing 7 people who had obviously just landed & it leaves 10 minutes EARLY!” Wilson wrote. (Here’s Wilson’s Twitter page if you want to read more.)

Wilson and his party wound up renting cars and driving the 124 miles to Scranton. The Post story quotes a press rep for US Airways who says the airline apologized to Wilson.

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