Buzz — August 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

Wiz Khalifa restrained by police for using a hoverboard at LAX airport

  • Video shows musician pushed down and handcuffed

  • Rapper says customs officers took action after he refused to get off hoverboard


Wiz Khalifa, who shot to fame on the back of “See You Again,” notified his 20.9 million Instagram followers of the incident through footage taken by an onlooker. The clip shows a number of cops pinning him to the floor and raising their voices to say, “Stop resisting.”

“I’m not resisting, sir,” Wiz repeats as the officers subdue him.

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

Another post shows Khalifa talking to the officers whilst on top of the hoverboard. They appear to be asking the singer to get off his hoverboard, but he refuses.


When asked about the incident, U.S. Customs and Border Protection would not respond specifically, citing privacy, but told CNN, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.”


The personal hoverboards have become increasingly popular with a number of celebrities including Justin Bieber. The singer posted a video of himself using one to roll around a private jet. Actor and musician, Jamie Foxx posed with one in a recording studio and hip-hop artist Young Thug has shown his appreciation for them in the past.