Everyone's tried to sneak things onto planes before, be it a hidden pot of hair gel, a sneaky extra kilogram of hand luggage or a 21-inch telescopic metal police baton used to cause blunt force trauma injuries on your many foes.
Snoop Dogg knows all about this last one, since it's been causing him all kinds of problems lately. Since Snoop Dogg tried to take the baton onto a plane in an Orange County airport in September, he's had nothing but trouble from it. After he was formally charged with possession of a deadly weapon last week, Snoop Dogg yesterday turned himself into authorities to be booked and has been released on bail for $150,000. From this we can gather that Snoop Dogg isn't the biggest RPG fan – everyone knows that a club-style weapon can be easily defeated by a footman's crossbow, wire whip or Almighty Globe Of Thunder. Maybe Snoop Dogg should think about taking one of those onboard a plane next time, for then he would truly become the Grand Master Of People Who Rap In The Middle Of Pussycat Dolls Records All The Time.
If we were Snoop Dogg, we'd be seriously investigating the feasibility of zooming around the world with a James Bond-style personal jetpack, since that would remove the need for airports, and every time Snoop Dogg sets foot in an airport he ends up getting into more trouble that he needs. Snoop Dogg has already been banned from both Britain and British Airways just because a little tantrum about getting into the Heathrow airport First Class lounge ended up with litres of spilled alcohol and seven injured police officers.
And it doesn't end there, as Snoop Dogg was also arrested outside Bob Hope Airport in Burbank less than two weeks ago for apparently having a gun and some drugs on him. If that wasn't enough, the Orange Country District Attorney's Office has also been chasing Snoop Dogg for trying to carry a 21-inch metal police baton onto a plane as hand luggage in September. After an unusually long period of deliberation, it was decided that Snoop Dogg would be charged with possession of a deadly weapon – and yesterday Snoop Dogg turned himself in to face the charge, as E! Online reports:
The 35-year-old hip-hop star, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was booked on the charge (including fingerprinting and the requisite mug shot) and released on $150,000 bail, according to Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Snoop, accompanied during the two-hour field trip by attorney Donald Etra, agreed to appear in court Dec. 12 for arraignment. Etra has labeled the charge "bogus." Meanwhile, the rapper's publicist, Meredith O'Sullivan, issued a statement saying the hip-hop star "welcomes an expedited trial which will reveal that these charges are completely unwarranted."
If Snoop Dogg is found guilty of his charge he faces up to three years in jail, although his lawyer and publicist do seem certain that he will be let off. It's reported that when airport security found the collapsible baton in Snoop Dogg's laptop bag, the rapper made the argument that the weapon was merely a prop for a music video he was shooting. You see, Snoop Dogg wasn't really planning to gratuitously bludgeon people willy-nilly with the baton; he was only going to pretend to gratuitously bludgeon people willy-nilly with the baton while he laconically spelt out his name like in every other piece of music he's ever performed on. It's a big difference.