He recalls, "The pilot came on and said, 'One of the engines is on fire.' So I got really scared and really nervous."
To make matters worse, the young star had just watched a frightening TV programme about child molesters that "scared the lights out of me the night before".
And he can't shake the memory of crying in his seat as pilots made an emergency landing - while a creepy man sitting next to him offered him a place to stay during the layover.
He says, "I'm sitting in the thing; the plane is on fire. Tears are coming to my eyes and there's a guy sitting next to me and he goes, 'You know, if we land, they'll put us in a hotel. Don't worry - you can stay with me.'"