A Texas man's altercation with comedian Dave Chappelle at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin has made headlines in British tabloids.
In town in mid-November for a comedy show at Stubbs, Chappelle engaged in a heated argument with 31-year-old part-time actor Chad Laboy. The Daily Mail reports one of Laboy's friends approached the comedian and his friends without a mask.
"She's violating my personal space," Chappelle told Laboy, seen in a video shared with the Daily Mail. Chappelle had approached Laboy's table, also without a mask.
In the background, Chappelle's friends at the hotel can be heard shouting angrily about Laboy recording the incident, while Laboy's friends shot back.
The argument spilled out into the parking lot, after which Austin police showed up and both parties were told they wouldn't be allowed back to the hotel for a year.
No arrests were made.
Laboy, who appeared in Kelly Clarkson's Heartbeat music video, told the British tabloid that Chappelle was trying to deescalate the situation at first, but that his crew was acting unruly. He said one man pushed him, and tried to take his phone to erase the video.
Eventually however, Laboy said Chappelle pointed at them and used aggressive profanities.
"We were all in shock," said Laboy, who was at the hotel to celebrate his engagement. He slammed the comedian as a "hypocrite" for approaching his table without a mask.
Mask-wearing has become a sticking point in stand-up routines for Chappelle, making jokes about people not wearing masks on Saturday Nigh Live just last month.
Patrons of his outdoor shows are required to wear masks.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."