10 Rappers Who Have Been Arrested At The Airport

Rappers love to get high. No, not that kind of high. What we mean is that rappers love to get high in the sky on domestic and international flights. It means that they’ve “made it” in a sense. Some like to take their tour buses and travel that way when they head out to do shows. But, any high-profile rapper will tell you that flying is definitely the way to go—especially with all of the issues that rappers have had with their tour buses in the past.

Unfortunately, there have been a number of rappers who have had—how do we put this?—”issues” when they’ve tried to fly. Although we all know that drugs, guns, and weapons are not permitted on flights, there have been more than a few rappers who have found themselves detained by airport security in the past because of them. The most recent example is 2 Chainz, who was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York City last week after security found what they thought were brass knuckles in his carry-on bag. The weapon in question turned out to be a piece of jewelry, but 2 Chainz still had to go through a whole big ordeal and miss his flight because of the situation.

“They tried to assassinate my character,” he told MTV News later, “they tried to assassinate my swag. It was just a negative dilemma earlier where someone misconstrued a piece of jewelry for a weapon and stuff.”

Situations like the one 2 Chainz found himself in aren’t rare, though. Over the years, we have seen plenty of rappers arrested at the airport—and most of them don’t get off quite as easily as 2 Chainz did. To show you what we mean, we put together a list of  Rappers Who Have Been Arrested At The Airport. These guys tried to get high but crash landed when they tried to make it past security.

 

The Rapper: Kanye West
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Los Angeles International Airport
What He Did: ‘Ye and his manager Don C allegedly got into an altercation with a paparazzo who was trying to take pictures of them in the airport in September 2008. They were both booked and charged with felony vandalism after they allegedly broke the paparazzo’s $10,000 camera. The entire incident was caught on camera.

 

The Rapper: Yung Joc
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
What He Did: In December 2007, Joc was arrested after trying to sneak a fully-loaded handgun through a security checkpoint. He was arrested and thrown into the local Cuyahoga County Jail.

 

The Rapper: Uncle Murda
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Los Angeles International Airport
What He Did: Security pulled the Brooklyn MC aside in May 2008 after he attempted to use a fake ID before boarding a flight. He was hauled to the police station, cited for using the false identification, and released.

 

The Rapper: DMX
The Airport He Got Arrested At: London’s Heathrow Airport
What He Did: During a flight to London in May 2006, X refused to put on his seatbelt on (gangsta!) and caused a huge disturbance when the crew attempted to get him to sit down and relax. He was arrested on suspicion of being verbally abusive to cabin crew when the flight landed.

 

The Rapper: Coolio
The Airport He Got Arrested At: Los Angeles International Airport
What He Did: The “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper was charged with possession of cocaine and a smoking device in March 2009 after an airport screener found both in his luggage. He was also hit with battery charges after he allegedly grabbed the screener’s arm to try and prevent the search.