The former Miss USA allegedly stole a pair of $200 headphones from another passenger who identified her to authorities. The incident took place in the TSA passenger-screening area of Terminal 6 at LAX, and Parker was later removed from a flight and arrested, a spokesperson with the LAPD said.
KTLA released a statement later on Wednesday saying that Parker discovered the headphones in the security line and intended to return them to their owner.
“When she was unable to locate the owner, Lu boarded her flight. We believe this is a misunderstanding, Lu is cooperating fully with the authorities and we are confident she will be able to clear this all up,” the statement said.
The news station added that Parker was traveling to tend to her father who is ill, and that she had been speaking to the person in line before they lost their headphones.
Parker is being held at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division.