Will.i.am blasts airline after missed flight

WILL.I.AM has blasted United Airlines for giving his seat away after he failed to check in on time. 

The Black Eyed Peas rapper took to Twitter to vent his frustration after the company's staff at New York's  John F Kennedy airport stopped him from catching his international flight to China on Wednesday afternoon because he arrived just 45 minutes before take-off.  

In a series of tweets, he wrote: "Make sure when you fly to china via @united you get to the airport 1day before because they'll give your seats away (sic)."  

Seconds later, he added: "I'm flying to china and @united just gave my seats away...#wtf (sic)."  

The 39-year-old producer then went on to compare the airline, which policy states passengers must arrive at least 60 minutes before take-off, to other companies he's used in the past that have waited for him.  

He tweeted: I fly @BA @quantas @koreanAIR @singaporeAIR & they wait for premium passengers to arrive...they don't give away your seat like @united   

"Plane leave at 1:15 I got to the airport at 12:30...@united is the worse...I should have learned from the last @united experience (sic)."  

Will.i.am - whose real name is William Adams - was kicked out of United Airline's First Class Lounge in May after staff suspected his membership card was fake.