If there is one place to be on one's best behavior, it is the airport. While shenanigans may be ignored or carry a slap on the wrist in other public spaces, airports are places in which a respectful and calm demeanor are of the utmost importance.
Your flight may be late (or cancelled), the seats will be uncomfortable, other passengers will likely be rude and inconsiderate, the tickets will cost more than the annual budgets of some third world countries, any complaint beyond "awww shucks" is frowned upon. If we missed any common airport complaints, please enlighten us in the comments section, we're always open to constructive criticism. But to return to the original point, flying, which could be an amazing experience, is an ordeal. Most of the headaches stem from the fact that everyone at an airport is treated like a threat. Supporters of air travel security argue that after hijackings over the last thirty years and of course 9/11, submitting to bag checks and the occasional pat-down is a small price to pay for safety, while opponents claim that the TSA and other countries' equivalents have never actually stopped a terrorist threat. It's a big, irritating issue and nobody who flies has been able to avoid it.
While just about everyone knows the language and actions that are prohibited at the airport and on planes, not everyone follows the rules and the stress can cause behavioral problems. Every now and again, the media is gifted a celebrity who decides to stand up to the airport security folks or creates a ruckus on a plane. Here is our list of those celebrities.
13 Whitney Houston
Now-deceased but still legendary, singer Whitney Houston is the only person on our list who has passed away. The world lost a very talented woman back in 2012. In 2000, she was caught with fifteen grams of marijuana at Keahole-Kona International Airport in Hawaii. Interestingly however, she got on her flight and took off.
12 Conrad Hilton
We'll continue our list with a member of the one "celebrity/socialite" family that is more irritating than the Kardashians. He is the grandson of Barron Hilton, former president of Hilton Hotels. He's Paris Hilton's baby brother and he's already showing promise as a potential train wreck. He's been in the news over the past couple of years for violating a former girlfriend's restraining order, and more recently for behavior on a plane.
11 Naomi Campbell
British model, television star and occasional movie actress Naomi Campbell has a well-documented mean streak. She's been convicted of assault several times including once for an incident at Heathrow Airport in London.
10 Courtney Love
The woman some consider to have been behind the death of Kurt Cobain (she's a musician, too) has a lengthy list of arrests ranging from drug offenses, to theft, to endangering an aircraft back in 2003.
9 Kate Moss
8 Snoop Dogg
One of the greatest rappers of all time is also one of those celebrities who cannot stop getting arrested. Aside from drug offenses, a murder trial, assaults and weapon charges, Calvin Broadus has also had trouble at airports. He was arrested at two California airports (Bob Hope and John Wayne) back in 2006 for having weapons in his baggage.
7 Ian Brown
6 Aldon Smith
American rapper DMX, has had an almost funny amount of unfortunate run-ins with the law. Among them are a few driving infractions, pot busts, animal cruelty charges, refusing to pay child support and did we mention driving infractions? There are so many of those, we cannot stress them enough.
4 Paul McCartney
The former Beatle who was on tour with Wings at the time, was arrested trying to bring marijuana into Japan back in January, 1980. There was half a pound of the stuff and in his own words "it was too good to flush down the toilet so I thought I'd take it with me" adding that he found it unlikely that Japan would have had dope up to his standards.
3 Christian Slater
American television and film actor Christian Slater, has racked up a great amount of frequent flyer miles in police stations over the years. Drunk driving of course, because he is a celebrity and that's what they do, he's had an assault, for which he did ten days in jail and one assault that involved drugs and alcohol that put him in rehab and then prison. He also got arrested in 2005 for sexual harassment in New York City. He told the cop who arrested him "harassment, I didn't even touch her-a**!". That was a joke, but the charges were dropped with the agreement that he'd behave for half a year.
2 Wiz Khalifa
We waited until number two for the funniest celebrity airport arrest. Rapper Wiz Khalifa is a particularly eccentric figure in a genre of music that has its share of interesting characters. He wouldn't get off his personal hoverboard and after some bickering with officers, they decided to arrest him. The whole experience was posted on Twitter, he had a great sense of humor about the whole situation, despite the officers probably not being too happy.
1 Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber has had a couple of funny arrests throughout his time in the spotlight. He egged his neighbor's house, causing what the neighbor called "thousands of dollars in damage", and while his arrest for DUI in Miami wasn't funny, as drunk driving is dangerous, his behavior in the cop station was good for a chuckle.
He's had a few reckless driving charges along with a couple of assaults, and vandalism. In 2013 however, one of the people in his entourage was charged with possession of marijuana. Bieber was belligerent as expected and got into some trouble when he refused to take off his hat and sunglasses for a further inspection.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, independent.co.uk, cnn.com, usatoday.com, ultimateclassicrock.com, thesmokinggun.com
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