So why LAX? "Because it's easy," he said.

At least until Thursday morning, when West entered the airport terminal.

West, 31, was arrested by airport police at 8:45 a.m. and taken to the LAPD's Pacific Division station, where he was booked shortly after 11 a.m., according to jail records. Crawley, 32, was booked about 15 minutes earlier. Bail for each man was listed as $20,000.

West and Crawley were released on bail shortly before 1 p.m. West's attorney, Blair Berk, declined to comment on her client's arrest.

The incident caused delays of about 15 to 20 minutes for passengers waiting to get through security.

Celebrities receive no special security arrangements, and there is no specific policy governing photographers at the airport.

"They are entitled to be here and treated like any other member of the general public," Castles said. "The issue becomes when they start spontaneously moving through the terminal in a large group. That creates a public safety problem."

Paparazzo Griffin said it would be wrong to restrict photographer access at LAX.

"This is Los Angeles, this is La-La Land. This is still the territory where people come to be photographed and seen."

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andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

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Contributing to this report were Times staff writers Meredith Artley, Geoff Boucher, Chris Lee and Richard Winton.