According to DailyMail.com, the rapper, 47, boarded a flight at JFK Airport on Monday evening and became “agitated, aggressive and rude” to a woman who had stored her luggage in his compartment.
“Busta got on the plane and saw that this woman had put her luggage in his section of the overhead locker,” a fellow passenger told the website, adding that he demanded to know whose baggage it was. “This British woman stood up and said the bags belonged to her. He was ranting and raving, getting really angry and demanding to know why she had used his locker.”
The passenger continued, “He told her to move her stuff immediately. He began shouting and behaving extremely aggressively and the woman was getting more and more upset, she began crying. As she got more and more tearful, her husband intervened and told him he needn’t be so rude to his wife. He said that he was upsetting her when she was clearly happy to move her things.”
Rhymes then reportedly said, “Let’s go homeboy,” to the woman’s husband.
A rep for Rhymes declined to comment.
Without naming Rhymes specifically, British Airways confirmed to Page Six that an incident occurred on board, and told us in a statement: “Our cabin crew and Captain reassured all the customers involved. All those in the cabin were given the option of moving away, and the flight did not depart until everyone confirmed that they were happy to continue.”
When the overnight flight landed at Heathrow Airport in London on early Tuesday morning, Metropolitan police were there waiting.
“Officers at Heathrow were requested by the airline of an inbound plane to Heathrow Airport from the US to attend following an alleged verbal altercation involving several passengers,” a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told us on Wednesday, though declining to confirm names of passengers involved.
“They boarded the plane once it had landed … and spoke to the parties involved. There were no reported injuries, and no offenses disclosed,” the spokesperson continued. “The passengers concerned then proceeded with their journeys.”
In an earlier statement to Page Six, British Airways said, “Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse. This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.”