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September 12, 2008

Spears plays (de)coy, LAX turns pap happy


Who knew that LAX had become Kitson South?

Big difference would be that celebrities, A-list through D, hang out on Robertson Boulevard in order to be photographed. They go to the airport in order to travel from one place to another.

So, thinking that we were a little harsh yesterday on hip-hop Grammy-winning crybaby Kanye West, whose dust-up with a couple of TMZ paparazzi was video taped by one of the camera-toting goons on his way to the floor. We attributed it to West's notorious bad temper. (He and his road manager/bodyguard were carted to jail, charged with felony vandalism and released a few hours later).

While it still looks like a case of Kanye rage, turns out that the paps are increasingly stalking LAX so they can get shots of celebs looking bedraggled. See? They're just like us! The L.A. Times today reports that the airport has seen a marked increase in pap activity over the past couple years, with TMZ stationing some eagle-eyed linebacker type there seven days a week.

Maybe in the future, celebs will take a cue (on pap management, not life in general) from Jamie Lynn Spears. She and the airport cops might've just pulled off the oldest trick in the caper movie book -- a decoy!

Bet Kanye wishes he'd thought of that.



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