New York, Nov 8 : English supermodel Naomi Campbell was booed by people waiting in a U.S. Customs queue at Kennedy Airport on November 4 when she cut ahead of the line.
Campbell was escorted to a passport-screening officer ahead of 200 or so waiting people, a witness revealed.
"An older lady was about to have her passport checked, but she was told to wait so Naomi could go first," the New York Daily News quoted a source, who travelled in first class with Campbell aboard an American Airlines flight from London, as saying.
"It p- off a lot of people," the source said.
The model's lawyer, Marty Singer, defended her by saying that it was the kind of treatment a high-profile individual gets.
"She was not treated any differently than any other high-profile individual. American Airlines offered to escort her. She did not ask for it. It's done for security reasons, so high-profile passengers aren't besieged by people," Singer said.
"She's not a prima donna. She's a good passenger. She travels a lot, and American appreciates good customers," her lawyer insisted.
American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith declined to say how the airline decides who is a celebrity.