The Crow actress allegedly walked into a terminal gift shop at around 4:30 p.m. and took two celebrity magazines and a pack of batteries, before casually leaving the store without paying for her goods--worth just $16.
But Ling was spotted by an eagle-eyed store employee and placed under citizen's arrest.
Ling, who was reportedly "cooperative but crying", was taken to a nearby police station where she was booked for theft, according to TMZ.com.
And hours later, the 37-year-old posted a message about her trip on her Web site accompanied by photos of herself outside the Southwest terminal--but failed to mention her arrest at all.
Writing on her blog, she says, "Delayed the flight, wondring (sic) again in the airport like a ghost, why can't I just be the sun smile? My heart is a little sad now, casted by the melody of life ..."
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