Why Pilots on Justin Bieber's Plane Had to Wear Gas Masks (You May Be Able to Guess) NBC News
According to an official incident report obtained by NBC News, pilots on a leased Gulfstream IV luxury jet on which 19-year-old pop superstar Justin Bieber was flying along with his father and an entourage of 10 friends were forced to wear oxygen masks because the plane was so full of marijuana smoke.
Additionally, Bieber and his father were "extremely abusive" to a flight attendant, according to the report.
The official report on the incident says: “The captain of the flight stated that he warned the passengers, including Bieber, on several occasions to stop smoking marijuana. The captain also stated he needed to request that the passengers stop their harassing behavior toward the flight attendant and after several warnings asked the flight attendant to stay with him near the cockpit to avoid any further abuse.”
The incident report also states: “The flight attendant stated the passengers, including Bieber and his father, Jeremy Bieber, were extremely abusive verbally and she would not work another flight with them.”
The NBC News report adds: "The pilots, despite a pressurized cabin, were forced to wear their oxygen masks during the flight, according to multiple sources, so that they wouldn’t risk inhaling marijuana and failing any subsequent drug test, which would put their licenses at risk.
"According to officials, when the plane landed at Teterboro, a suburban airport that caters to the rich and famous and their private aircraft, it was met by DEA and Customs and Border Protection agents and police. There was still marijuana smoke inside the cabin, according to the report.
"Officials decided to question Bieber separately from the other passengers, said the report, because 'in past examinations, Bieber had become argumentative and abusive when together with his security team.'”
Bieber reportedly admitted during questioning that he had smoked marijuana and consumed alcohol.
"According to federal and regional sources, the troubled star, his father, and his entourage, who were headed to the New York City area to attend the Super Bowl and related parties, first drove toward the U.S.-Canadian border in a motor coach. They turned back and flew from Waterloo, Ont. to Teterboro instead," the NBC News report says. "After Bieber’s flight landed Friday, drug-sniffing dogs from Customs and Border Protection and the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Department sat down as they walked around the plane, meaning the dogs were alerting handlers to the possible presence of drugs. Authorities then boarded the jet, which multiple sources said reeked of marijuana. However, no unsmoked weed was found during the search."
Members of the flight crew were reportedly unwilling to file charges against Bieber or the other passengers, and they were allowed to go on their way, according to the report.
"After the Bieber entourage left, however, two sources said that authorities performed another search of the plane and found empty bags that appeared to have once contained marijuana. None of the items could be linked to Bieber, his father, or their guests," the story notes.
NBC News was unable to get official comment from Drug Enforcement Administration officials or Customs and Border Protection officials, the report adds.