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Turism&Travel : JetBlue asks celebrities to let go of baggage for a good cause

Tuesday 24 May 2011

NEW YORK - A little extra baggage isn't always a bad thing, especially on JetBlue Airways, the carrier known for offering customers a first checked bag free.
To celebrate this liberating experience and help raise money for America's youth, more than 50 famous musicians, actors and athletes have donated their signed carry-ons, party purses, briefcases, guitar cases and other baggage to JetBlue's Celebrity Baggage charity auction. The baggage will be auctioned off on eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, during two seven-day auction periods with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the airline's long-standing charitable partner, Bidding is open today through June 6 at

Each signed bag includes a custom JetBlue luggage tag and some pieces are accompanied by personal items and unique experiences from the celebrity donor. To get up-close and personal with the baggage, fans can head to Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, CA where many of the items will be on display and visitors can bid on them directly from their smartphones. In addition to money raised through the auction, fans can also visit JetBlue's Facebook page to enter for a chance to win a piece of celebrity baggage and, for every entry received, the airline will donate $1 to

"Celebrity baggage is some of the most intriguing, highly-coveted and photographed accessories to ever fly in and out of LAX and across our network," said Icema Gibbs, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. "Thanks to the generosity of these celebrities, we are excited to give everyone the opportunity to take home a piece of that magic while supporting a great cause. JetBlue remains committed to supporting youth groups in L.A. and across the country with our long-standing partner,, while generating fun and friendly competition over America's most-sought after baggage."

"I really wish I could curl up in a celeb's bag and go travel with them," said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person at "I've already tried that once at LAX and it didn't work so this is the next best thing!"

Celebrity donations include items from Amber Valetta, Blake Griffin, Brittany Snow, Busy Philipps, Chelsea Handler, Donald Trump, Jessica Simpson, Jordin Sparks, Kellan Lutz, Kelly Osbourne, Lindsay Lohan, Matt Leinart, Paul 'DJ Pauly D' DelVecchio, Rosario Dawson, Ryan Seacrest, Samantha Harris, Sara Evans, Stacy Keibler and Taylor Swift among others (see full celebrity list below). To view all items, visit the charity auction on eBay at or JetBlue's Facebook page.

Celebrity Donors

Auction I: May 24 - May 30

Cindy Adams

Will Anderson

Janie Bryant

Paul 'DJ Pauly D' DelVecchio

Diane Von Furstenberg

Chelsea Handler'

Samantha Harris

Carrie Keagan

Stacy Keibler

Amber Lancaster

Cody Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

Michael C. Lohan

Tinsley Mortimer

Busy Philipps

Vincent Piazza

Autumn Reeser

Molly Ringwald

Melissa Rivers

Jane Schoenborn

Beth Shak

Jordin Sparks

Donald Trump

Miss Universe

Miss USA

Weird Al Yankovic

Auction II: May 31 - June 6

Rosario Dawson

Sara Evans

Rascal Flatts

Jon Foreman

Sia Furler

Ellie Goulding

Jim James

Carson Kressley

Ryan Kwanten

Matt Leinart

Ali Lohan

Dina Lohan

Kellan Lutz

Martina McBride

Heather Morris

Neon Trees

Ted Nugent

Kelly Osbourne

The Band Perry

Lisa Rinna

Darren Ritchie

Ryan Seacrest

Jessica Simpson

Brittany Snow

Taylor Spreitler

Taylor Swift

Pete Wentz and Bebe Rexha

Facebook Sweepstakes

May 24 - June 6

Cast of Catch Me If You Can

Jennie Finch

Blake Griffin

Morgan Spurlock

Amber Valletta

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