( newsoftheworld.co.uk ) - The 25-year-old singer jumped up and told the stunned cabin crew she could make the four-hour flight from Los Angeles to Florida. The captain was left with no choice but to delay the United Airlines flight 272 to Orlando on Friday for almost an hour so the cabin doors could be re-opened while Britney disembarked.
Many passengers were furious that Britney left it until shortly before take-off before deciding her seat wasn't up to scratch. Angry passenger Tony Sanchez said: "It was quite astonishing.
"The doors had been closed for about ten minutes, everyone was strapped in and the plane was about to taxi to the runway when Britney got up and said she had to get off.
"She just said 'I don't want to fly on this plane. It hasn't got leather seats.' "I heard everything but most people were left wondering what was going on, so the captain was forced to make an apology to all the other passengers over the tannoy. "He said a passenger wanted to get off so he had to respect their wishes. He didn't say it was Britney Spears but I guess he couldn't really.
"Some people were getting really annoyed because of the delay. "Eventually the walk-on tunnel was brought back, the doors re-opened and Britney and her entourage-another girl and two men-all got off. "Then there was a further delay because their bags had to be found and taken off too. "It was quite a fiasco but she didn't seem to care about anything except getting off that plane. "All the passengers were furious."
Mr Sanchez even captured the moment Britney left the plane on his video camera. "It's not something you see every day," he added.
Britney, wearing a white top, blue jeans and blue shoes, was heard saying she would charter a private jet to fly her to Orlando, where last night she was due to perform the latest in a series of small come-back gigs. Tickets for the concert, at the House of Blues club, sold out within five minutes of going on sale. Britney is trying to bounce back after a spell in rehab.