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Security Alert

Forget traveling in style. During a recent trip home from St. Barts, recording artist and TI$A menswear designer Taz Arnold was stopped by security at the Washington, D.C., airport, but not for forgetting to empty his pockets or toting a bottle of soda — it was for his studded footwear. The musician, who designed a three-style sneaker collection for retailer Stampd’LA last fall, was carrying two pairs of Christian Louboutin loafers, and apparently the shoes — a leopard ponyhair pair with gold studs and a denim pair with silver studs (purchased for $1,500 and $1,250 respectively) — looked a bit dangerous. “They were trying to figure out if they were weapons, but I turned it into a fashion conversation,” said Arnold of the four to five TSA security members who investigated the shoes. Luckily, the shoes passed the test and made it through, but transportation officials may need to reassess their “sharp” objects ban.

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