I hadn’t really considered Busta Rhymes since the early-aughts when he was making chiropractors rich by telling everybody to break ya neck. But apparently he’s still hustling. Earlier this week, Busta was flying first class on British Airways from JFK to London’s Heathrow Airport where he was greeted by police after “verbally assaulting and threatening passengers” in a dispute over overhead bin space (via Daily Mail). Look, we all know air travel is hell. Well, at least it is for us who can’t afford to fly first class. I’m surprised more in-flight outbursts don’t occur given the number of stupid, annoying people one encounters on any given flight. But mussin’ and fussin’ in first class with a glass of champagne in your hand and a fleet of flight attendants to do your dirty work for you? Get the fuck outta here.
Busta was on his way to Mykonos to play at some club not called Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club when the fracas occurred. According to DM:
The 47-year-old hip hop star is understood to have boarded the flight just before the doors closed carrying five bags – before angrily demanding to know: ‘Who’s got all their stuff in my locker?’
Witnesses to the altercation said Busta – real name Trevor George Smith Jr – became ‘agitated, aggressive and rude’ as he hurled insults at the married woman in her late 20s, from London, on the Monday evening flight from JFK Airport in the US.
He was met by police officers at the request of a passenger when the plane landed in London at 6.52am on Tuesday.
Oh Busta. I too often feel the need to hurl insults at married women in their late 20s but you’ve got to pick your battles. DM says that the woman had indeed put her things in his overhead space, and stood up to acknowledge it when he “turned around and demanded to know whose stuff it was”.
‘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, who is British and works in London as a trader, 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.
‘The husband was trying to diffuse the situation, to which Busta replied, ‘Let’s go homeboy’
Sounds like many pearls were clenched in first class that day. BA crew stepped in after another passenger called for an intervention and Busta was given a “dressing-down”, a glass of water, and possibly a binky, until he settled down and the flight was allowed to proceed as scheduled.
And because even people who fly first class aren’t immune to the lure of making a couple fast bucks, DM has video of the aftermath of the incident where Busta can be heard explaining that he didn’t mean any harm and to remind people to mind their own business (which sorry, minding your own business is reserved for business class passengers only).
Trying to sneak a video while hiding behind your glass of champagne tells you everything you need to know about the types of low-lifes they let fly in first class. Ultimately, by the time Busta was picked up by police on the other end, everything was pretty well forgotten.
They [police at Heathrow] boarded the plane once it had landed at approximately 6:52am on Tuesday 30 July and spoke to the parties involved. There were no reported injuries, and no offenses disclosed. The passengers concerned then proceeded with their journeys.’
Even after all of this, Busta maintains he’s #blessed. And if he didn’t learn a lesson from previous violent outbursts, he’s learned something this time. The only way to avoid sky-high assholes (or avoid being a sky-high asshole) is to avoid flying commercial altogether.