Robin Gibb, the Bee Gees singer, reportedly became enraged when asked to submit to extra security checks at an airport, swore at staff and refused to fly.
Gibb, 60, was due to fly from Heathrow to Los Angeles and was among other passengers in the British Airways first-class lounge.
He was asked at random to undergo further checks and be patted down by staff but The Sun newspaper claimed he quickly lost his temper.
A witness told the paper: “He went absolutely crazy and was swearing his head off at the check-in team.
“It wasn't their fault - people are selected at random by the computer for extra checks. But he wasn't having any of it.
“He was told by security to calm down or he would not be able to fly. He told them to eff off.
“When it became clear to him he could not board without the extra checks he stormed out.
“He was spitting feathers and everyone in the lounge was horrified.”
After the fracas, he was said to have transferred his £5,000 (€5,800) ticket to a later date.
A BA spokeswoman told the paper: “A passenger who was due to fly to LA voluntarily chose not to travel because they did not want to be subjected to additional security searches.”
A spokesman for Mr Gibb was unavailable for comment.