Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker has taken his first plane trip in over a decade – the first since he survived a devastating plane crash – with photos of him and Kourtney Kardashian boarding a plane in Los Angeles over the weekend.
TMZ published pap shots of the couple getting on Kylie Jenner‘s private jet, taking off from LA and arriving in Cabo, Mexico on Saturday along with Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble.
Not much has gone up from the group since the pap shots of the flight emerged, but Travis posted a photo of himself in what looks like a beach hut on the coast to his Instagram story.
It’s the first time Travis Barker has been on a flight since he survived a deadly plane crash in 2008 which resulted in four deaths, and Travis sustaining third-degree burns to 65% of his body. The plane that he and DJ friend Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein were using to fly from South Carolina back to California blew a tyre on takeoff, overran the runway end, and burst into flames after ploughing into an embankment.
Both pilots and two people on board died at the scene, and both Travis and DJ AM escaped the wreckage but were badly burnt. Following the crash, Travis spent 11 weeks in hospital and underwent over 20 surgeries and skin grafts to recover from the accident.
DJ AM – who had been sober for nine years – died from a drug overdose a year later following a relapse.
In the years following the crash Travis has been firm on never flying again, even going so far as to only play Blink 182 shows if he can drive to the venue, or travel by boat.
Notably, when Blink was announced for the Soundwave Festival run in 2013, Travis said he would “knock himself out and get on a plane” for the tour. He later told fans he wasn’t going to join the band on the tour, and said he would maybe come down under again by ship. He was replaced on the tour by Bad Religion’s drummer.
Earlier this year, he spoke candidly with Men’s Health about his experience with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain, and said he was keen to challenge himself to fly again.
“I have to,” he said.
“I want to make the choice to try and overcome it.
“I could die riding my skateboard. I could get in a car accident. I could get shot. Anything could happen. I could have a brain aneurysm and die. So why should I still be afraid of airplanes?”
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