Berry and lover bypass airport line
Published 09/01/2010 | 07:03
Canadian police have admitted that it was wrong for one of their officers to whisk actress Halle Berry, her boyfriend and baby through airport security at Montreal's Trudeau airport.
A constable at the airport decided to let the couple pass a long line after a spur-of-the-moment request by Gabriel Aubry, a Quebec model who is Berry's boyfriend and father of her 22-month-old daughter, Nahla.
Inspector Jimmy Cacchione, who heads the 36-member unit which patrols the Montreal airport, said: "Ms Berry's boyfriend asked if they could go faster through the line because they were late and they had the baby.
"The officer took the personal initiative to allow them to go through the line faster, but that's not something the Montreal police supports."
An embarrassed Montreal police force has issued a directive to its officers, urging them to avoid a repeat of the episode.
The officer involved will not be reprimanded and the police airport unit will institute stricter rules for the future, Cacchione added.
Berry's agent Toni Howard was not immediately available for comment.
Journalist Marieve Paradis said she spotted the actress and her family bypassing a lengthy security lineup while other passengers waited for hours to get to US Customs.
"It shocked me that we were waiting in line, and there were other babies and other children," Paradis said from Los Angeles, where she lives.
"Monday was chaotic at the airport, people were anxious and people were nervous and everyone was scared to miss their flights."