Wiz Khalifa performs in São Paulo, Brazil in 2013.

Wiz Khalifa performs in São Paulo, Brazil in 2013. Photo: Focka | FlickrCC.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa took to social media Saturday to share videos of himself getting restrained in Los Angeles International Airport Saturday for riding his ‘hover board’ throughout the airport.

The rapper wrote on his video post that he was forced to lie belly-down on the airport ground because he “didn’t want to ditch the technology everyone will be using in the next 6 months.”

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shared this statement with USA Today and CNN:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection strives to treat all travelers with respect and in a professional manner, while maintaining the focus of our mission to protect all citizens and visitors in the United States. All travelers arriving into the U.S. are subject to CBP inspection, and for their own safety and the safety of other passengers, must follow officers’ instructions while in the Federal Inspection Service area. CBP officers are conducting their critical national security mission while facilitating the entry of legitimate travelers. An uncompliant passenger or any disruptive behavior could put many at risk in this highly secure area. Privacy laws prevent CBP from discussing specific cases.

There was no record of an actual arrest coming out of the incident. Hover boards and similar products have been on the market for a short time particularly by Lexus. Khalifa tweeted, “I stand for our generation and our generation is going to be riding hover boards.”

The videos posted show US Custom and Border Protection offers yelling “Stop resisting,” while Khalifa replies, “I’m not resisting”. The recording artist refused to get off his Back to the Future-esque board when asked to in the airport this weekend.


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