‘I thought it was some cologne or something,’ Strap says of his bag being flagged by TSA at an Atlanta airport.
By Nadeska Alexis, with reporting by Sway Calloway
Travis Porter member Strap was arrested at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on Wednesday when the Transportation Security Administration found a gun in the rapper’s backpack. During a visit to Shade 45’s “Sway in the Morning” show on Friday (February 17), Strap reiterated that the mishap was an “honest mistake.”
Strap was en route to New York City for a promotional show when his bag was flagged during a routine security checkpoint. The Atlanta rapper explained to MTV News correspondent and “Sway in the Morning” host Sway Calloway that it was a case of bad memory. “[I was] moving fast man, leaving the studio to catch an early flight,” Strap said. “[It was] an honest-to-God mistake.
“Ain’t no alarm go off,” Strap continued, explaining that he was confused when TSA agents approached him. “Ten people came over and they’re like, ‘Is this your bag? There’s a 9MM in this bag, sir.’ ”
Strap would not comment on whether he admitted to security that the gun belonged to him. Fellow Travis Porter member Quez was present during the ordeal and earlier in the week he told MTV News what took place. “It was crazy, because he was looking so confused,” Quez said, detailing the search and arrest. “He didn’t know what was going on, and they told him, ‘You got some business in your bag, bro.’ ”
Travis Porter first gained notoriety after appearing on Roscoe Dash’s 2008 hit “All the Way Turnt Up,” and in 2010, the trio broke kept the momentum going with their hit “Make It Rain,” which peaked at #9 on the Billboard rap charts and stirred up interest in the group’s delayed debut album, No Sleep to Atlanta, on RCA Records.
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