Star Trek’s William Shatner Afraid of Flying?

By: Mike Tuttle - August 10, 2014

Virgin CEO Richard Branson gave Captain Kirk the chance to go into space. William Shatner turned him down, and Branson says it’s because Shatner is afraid to fly.

Needless to say, this is a tale that beggars belief. Let’s look a little deeper.

Virgin Galactic is a commercial spaceflight company. Their plan is to offer suborbital spaceflights to space tourists. Given William Shatner’s name built on his Star Trek persona, and that he is still involved in NASA programs from time to time, Richard Branson spoke to the actor about booking a seat on one of these suborbital flights.

“He actually said he’s frightened of airline travel — which is slightly disillusioning. Captain Kirk is scared of flying,” Branson said.

This gets even more disillusioning when you know that the name of the vessel Shatner would be aboard is the VSS Enterprise (Virgin SpaceShip).

But Shatner has a bit more to say on the subject. He said that Branson wanted him to buy a ticket, which would be about $200,000.

“I said, ‘Well, that’s not much, how much do you guarantee to come back?’ And he didn’t have a price on that,” joked Shatner.

“He wanted me to go up and pay for it and I said: ‘Hey, you pay me and I’ll go up. I’ll risk my life for a large sum of money.’ But he didn’t pick me up on my offer.”

Even if Shatner won’t live up to his Star Trek reputation on his own dime, lots of other celebs are signing on and plunking down the fee. The rock band Muse is all fired up to go, as are Stephen Hawking, Tom Hanks, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie.

The flight launches from an airplane already in flight, so they are not blasting off from ground. It lasts about two hours and includes about six minutes of weightlessness in sub-orbit.

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  • NCC-1701

    You specifically ask someone to fly, you Give him the ride for Free. I Hope Hawking isn’t paying for His ticket.

  • Stargazer

    Of course he’s afraid to fly. The last time I saw him afraid to fly was when he was on an airplane and when he opened the shade of the plane, a creature was staring closely at him from outside the window! Shatner caused quite a ruckus on the plane from total fright! He even shot out the window!

    • Scott Jacobson

      Yes, i recall that event very clearly. They even showed the event on TV afterwords…

  • Robert

    LETS CURE CANCER NOW!!!!!!!! LET”S GET OPRAH, BILL GATES, WARREN BUFFET AND DONALD TRUMP TOGETHER AND DISCUSS HOW TO ACTUALLY CURE CANCER ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW!!!! PEOPLE THINK FROM ALL THE ADVERTISING THAT PEOPLE LIVE WITH CANCER, THEY REALLY DONT, THEY DIE AND SOME OF THE DEATHS ARE ASBSOLUTELY HORRIBLE THAT EVEN YOUR DOCTOR DOESNT WANT TO TELL WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU BECAUSE IT IS SO SO SCARY AND HORRIBLE. I NEVER KNEW THIS UNTIL MY BROTHER DIED A ASBOSOULTELY HORRIBLE DEATH FROM THIS AND NO DOCTOR WOULD TELL ANYONE OF US EVEN MY BROTHER HOW HORRBILE IT WOULD BE. PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, LEADERS AND WEALTHY PEOPLE OF THE US, Please find the CURE NOW. A CHALLENGE for OPRAH!!, EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE VERY VERY VERY SCARED OF CANCER, IT IS A DEATH Sentence AND after the DECADES AND DECADES AND DECADED AND DECADES………..NOTHING……NO CURE, NOTHING. PEOPLE ARE SO BLINDED BNY CELEBS AND WEALTH WHEN THEY REALLY SHOULD BE SCARED TO DEATH OF CANCER AND BE RALLYING TO GET THESE BIG BIG WEALTHY PEOPLE TO GET THE CURE FOR CANCER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Scott Jacobson

      I’ve seen it too, it’s horrible. Sorry about your loss.

  • Ray

    I know this article is all about Mr. William Shatner and flying into space on one of Mr. Branson’s Virgin space craft but do we have to be so obsessed with it all. We should be working to helping each other out while still living here on earth and also find more cures in the medical field with health related diseases. Too many people have died from CANCER and scientists still haven’t got it right to find a cure-do we care at all-it’s a shame-the attitude is just let them die and collect the money they spend to try to live through the treatments of cancer that just doesn’t work in the end. Wake up to the real reality of the world around you. Have a good life everyone here on EARTH and don’t catch that ride to another place they call the OUTER LIMITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GG_NV

    Sounds like Shatner in real life is similar to the character he played in the Twilight Zone “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” in the 1960s where he saw GREMLINS on the aircraft….Great episode….

  • Jordan Kersey

    he’s not afraid of eating