And not for the reason you might think.
Yet again, Rihanna queen of DGAF, wine-toting pop star, and lover of life has done something extremely controversial. Wait, no: two things. She wore boots with no socks. And she went through airport security barefoot. I mean, I do that all the time. But I am a mere grubby human, too forgetful for comfort and sanitation. This is Rihanna, Lord of Barbados and the Dance, that we’re talking about! Aren’t her feet too precious to touch airport linoleum????????? I am freaking out. I am shaken like a $17 airport martini.
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Here is the evidence:
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Let’s break it all down a little bit.
First of all, location. Rihanna’s at LAX, and this looks to me someone who has never, ever upgraded, even to Economy Plus like a bog-standard airport security checkpoint. There are no velvet drapes, and there doesn’t seem to be a red carpet or any kind of valet service, so I’m assuming that at best this is, like, the pre-check line. Still, isn’t there someone carrying everything Rihanna could ever need and want (like socks) in some kind of purse magically enlarged by an Undetectable Extension Charm? If not, why not? Please report back. Second, metaphysics. I’m confused that Rihanna has to travel by air like everyone else. Doesn’t she just materialize wherever she needs or wants to go, kind of like a genie or sprite or whoever she is playing in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets? On second thought, maybe that’s why she’s going through airport security barefoot. She’s probably never done it before. Now I am beginning to understand.
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Third, smell. Apart from those once-upon-a-time rumors that Brad Pitt was not a fan of deodorant, I have always assumed that celebrities are naturally equipped with bodies that are either odorless or naturally smell like vegan birthday cake. But since nobody upon this earth could possibly expect to wear shoes boots! without socks, and be fresh as a daisy afterwards, I have got to assume that something is going to happen fragrance-wise with Rihanna’s feet. Come on! Otherwise it’s just not fair to the rest of us mortals. Fourth, blisters. Boots + bare feet = skin bubbles of pain. That’s just body math. Be careful, RiRi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fifth, tinea. It just has to be said. Not everybody who goes through security without socks on is pure of heart/foot. You just don’t know who’s been there before you. The risk is high.
Sixth, spare airport socks. Doesn’t she have a pair in that purse? Seventh, sweat. That is what is in Rihanna’s boots right now. Eighth, fashion. To be fair, those boots don’t look particularly sock-friendly. If anything, Rih probably would have had to go with those mini-stocking things and we all know they basically slide right off when you take off your shoes anyway. And what is she supposed to do, wear socks ‘n’ ‘stocks, like some kind of MONSTER?
(Eighth-and-a-half, that velour tracksuit, though. Or is it a jumpsuit? Doesn’t matter. I’ll take five.)
Ninth, the TSA. This is all their fault and, by the way, so is that time I thought I caught a rash from the airport floor.
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“Flip-Flow” doors at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL3) – The Kalamazoo County Sheriff s Office says it’s paying close attention to what happened in the attack on an officer at Flint s Bishop International Airport. Undersheriff Paul Matyas said deputies will be ready to make any necessary changes to the security at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.
“You’ve got to have security at a location like this. These are soft targets, said Matyas. “Since the 9-11 incident, many years ago, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department has had a detail at the Kalamazoo airport.”
County deputies patrol the grounds and tower, as well as making normal rounds through the inside of the airport. For Matyas, it s important to stay visible.
“We put a patrol car right in front, said Matyas. There’s no doubt there are sheriff’s deputies at the airport on duty.”
“They’re always doing the perimeter checks, said Anton Bjorkman, Airport Assistant Director of Operations and Maintenance. They always have a bit of presence here on sight.”
The airport also has technology that can help prevent an emergency, or contain one, if something were to happen. They re called Flip-Flow doors, and they control movement through the building.
“The only comments ever we get on it are, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that before,’ said Bjorkman. Which, you know, is kind of a cool thing.”
The doors are only in one spot: the path that leads from the boarding zone back to the public entrance. The doors open on the boarding side, allow one person to enter, then close. From there the door on the opposite side will open and allow people to exit.
“They’re unique to our airport. Not a lot of other airports have these type of doors, said Bjorkman. “It gives you audio direction while you’re going through them. Please stop. Please wait here. Door open. Things like that.”
The purpose of the doors is to control the flow of traffic, but they also prevent a threat from getting to the boarding area without pushing through multiple TSA guards.
“It has several layers of protection against letting people back into the sterile area, said Bjorkman. “We’re very confident in the set up that we have for our Flip-Flow doors.”
For passengers trying to meet their loved ones, the doors may slow you down, like they did for Jason Bolhuis who visits his family in Michigan every year.
“From someone who travels to many different airports, it was a nuisance, said Bolhuis. But, he understands why they are in place. “I can completely understand the security measure, and why that would be something they’d want to install, said Bolhuis. “I think having a secure airport is always important. You don’t want people getting into your airport with weapons or anything from there. And, you don’t want to be attacked. For the staff, slower is fine, especially if that means a safer airport.
“We don’t take security any less seriously than the larger airports, or even the smaller airports, said Bjorkman. “It is a topic in every one of our meetings. It is something that is discussed daily here. It’s never something we take lightly.”
DETROIT (WJBK) – Amor Ftouhi, the Canadian accused of stabbing an airport security officer in Flint, tried to buy a gun at the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens shortly after arriving in the U.S. on Friday, FOX 2 has learned.
The FBI said that Ftouhi entered the country legally last week through Lake Champlain in Upstate New York. The Quebec resident then made his way to Michigan, where FOX 2 learned he visited the Gibraltar Trade Center and tried unsuccessfully to buy a gun.
The Gibralter Trade Center is a massive indoor marketplace where guns and knives are among the many items for sale by vendors who rent space. The last show was this weekend and it’s not clear whether Ftouhi visited the trade center on Saturday or Sunday. He reportedly told the FBI that after his attempt to buy a gun failed he bought the knife he used to stab Lt. Jeff Neville at Bishop International Airport in Flint on Wednesday morning. During a press conference on Thursday, the FBI confirmed that Ftouhi tried to buy a gun in the U.S. but would not say where he tried to purchase the weapon.
Ftouhi was rejected early in the process because he is not a U.S. citizen. FBI agent Thomas Sondgeroth wrote in a criminal complaint filed against Ftouhi in federal court that Ftouhi used an “Amazon Jungle Survival Knife” to stab Neville.
After interviewing a law enforcement officer who witnessed the attack and an FBI agent who reviewed surveillance video, Sondgeroth wrote that Ftouhi entered the airport around 8:50 a.m. carrying two bags, went to a second-floor restaurant around 9:10 a.m., left the restaurant about 30 minutes later and entered a restroom, where he left his bags. Less than a minute later, he emerged yelling “Allahu Akbar,” and stabbing Neville, Sondgeroth’s report said. Sondgeroth wrote that Ftouhi “continued to yell ‘Allah’ several times. He further exclaimed something similar to ‘you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.’ “
After officers subdued Ftouhi, he asked them why they did not kill him.
Neville survived the attack and Ftouhi was charged with violence at an international airport. He is in federal custody and faces a detention hearing Wednesday.
Contact M.L. Elrick at  or 248-552-5261.
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