Why Was Wiz Khalifa Arrested at LAX?

August 23rd 2015

Kyle Jaeger

Rapper Wiz Khalifa was handcuffed and arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Saturday after allegedly refusing to disembark from a hoverboard. In a series of Tweets, Khalifa (whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz) described the incident, expressing both frustration and amusement over the apparently overzealous law enforcement response.

Los Angeles police denied involvement in the arrest, saying that it was carried out by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department. The agency's public information office did not immediately return requests for comment.

In an Instagram video showing the arrest, no less than five officers can be seen standing over Khalifa, who was removed from his hoverboard and handcuffed on the ground. Officers shouted, "stop resisting!" to which the rapper calmly and repeatedly replies, "I'm not resisting. I'm not resisting, sir."


3 cops yell stop resisting. Only thing to do is let em know. I'm not resisting, I'm doin what I want.

A video posted by Wiz Khalifa (@mistercap) on


"They love to say stop resisting," Khalifa wrote on Twitter.

The arrest was made following a dispute over Khalifa's use of a hoverboard in the airport, he said. The rapper had arrived at LAX after performing shows in France and Finland, Complex Magazine reported.

"All because I didn't want to ditch the techno[l]ogy everyone will be using in the next 6 months," Khalifa added. "Do what you want kids."

In light of the apparent innocuousness of riding a hoverboard at the airport, many believe that the arrest—specifically the aggressive manner in which the arrest had been carried out—was unjustified.

Though annoyed over the encounter, Khalifa's social media response was not without a sense of lighthearted humor.

He wrote: "I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don't like it eat a dick!"

And the rapper appears to be coping just fine, saying that "I got some awesome weed and a bad one to roll it for me so it's all good."