The New York Daily News reports that comedian Joan Rivers was among the many travelers to get snared in the heightened-security frenzy that overtook airports after the December 25th failed terrorist attack. Rivers wasn’t allowed on her Newark-bound flight in Costa Rica this past weekend by a “jittery Continental Airlines gate agent” who thought the two names on her passport, which reads “Joan Rosenberg AKA Joan Rivers,” seemed “fishy.” Rivers wrote of her experience:
“If I were going to make up an alias, I wouldn’t pick Rosenberg. I’d pick Jolie or Pitt…Do terrorists wear Manolo Blahniks? I can tell you Donna Karan does not make anything that hides a bomb…I tried the tears; they didn’t work. I tried reasoning. I couldn’t bribe because I didn’t have any money. I said ‘I’m going to have a heart attack over this,’ so the woman called the paramedics.”
Rivers ultimately found someone who “took pity on her” and drove her 6.5 hours to Costa Rica’s main airport in San Jose to get her on a flight back to the U.S. on Monday. Rivers, a wealthy celebrity diva, isn’t necessarily the most sympathetic victim of post-Christmas Day terrorist hysteria, but the New York Daily News notes that many New York-area travelers are reporting similar horror stories. Rivers claims she was signing autographs at the Costa Rican airport while gate agents refused to let her on the flight. Meanwhile, Newark airport ended up shutting down for several hours on Sunday after a man accidentally walked undetected through a secure area.