The Pittsburgh-reppin’ rapper found himself in the undesirable situation after returning to L.A. from an overseas tour where he had just finished playing shows in Finland and France.
Wiz shared the experience on social media, tweeting and Instagramming video of the incident with his millions of followers. The grainy video posted to Wiz Khalifa’s Instagram shows customs officials wrestling the 6’4″ rapper to the ground.
The customs officials can be heard yelling “Stop resisting” at Khalifa, to which he calmly replies “I’m not resisting, sir.”
The video was posted along with the caption: “3 cops yell stop resisting. Only thing to do is let em know. I’m not resisting, I’m doin what I want.”
Khalifa, birth name Cameron, also tweeted: “Haven’t been slammed and cuffed in a while. That was fun.” The tweet has been retweeted over 12,000 times and favorited by over 21,000 people.
TMZ reports that Wiz Khalifa was not arrested but detained for failing to comply with the customs officials request that he get off of his hoverboard.
The rapper, believing that hoverboards are the mode of transportation of the future, refused to step down, leading to his detainment.
He later tweeted: “I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hover boards so if you don’t like it eat a d***!”
Wiz Khalifa fans quickly took to social media to express their outrage at the rapper’s treatment. Some even tweeted at LAX demanding a statement, only to have LAX redirect them to the Los Angeles Airport Police Department.
— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) August 23, 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection did released a statement to CNN regarding Wiz Khalifa’s detainment, saying:
“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.”