Video of the hot-headed Hip-hopper and his manager/body guard Don Crowley wigging out on the lensmen is posted here.
Airport spokesman Marshall Lowe said the duo got into an altercation with a commercial photographer and a camera valued at more than $10,000 was broken.
The incident happened before West and Crowley cleared a security screening at the airport on their way to Hawaii.
TMZ says one of their photogs, "Erik." was at Terminal 4 when he noticed a still cameraman taking several pictures of West. According Erik, "The Louis Vuitton Don" rushed the photographer and grabbed his camera.
"A struggle ensued and the still guy was screaming, 'Police, help!' Erik says Kanye then took the still camera and threw it on the ground, breaking it into pieces," TMZ writes.
"Erik then went over to Kanye, his camera rolling, when Kanye's body guard walked up to him, realized Erik was taping, and said, 'Give me the camera, give me the camera.' Erik responded that he had a press pass and had a right to shoot. The assistant then grabbed the camera, ripped off the mic and viewfinder and smashed it to the ground.
"Erik says Kanye then tried to leave to board his plane, but cops stopped him before he got to security. The cops then interviewed Erik, the still photog, Kanye and his assistant.
"This is where it gets crazy. The cops asked Erik if he videotaped the incident and Erik said he had. That's when Kanye lunged toward him and said, "Give me the fu***ng videotape." Cops had to restrain Kanye as he tried coming at Erik."
West and Crowley were taken into custody and charged with felony vandalism.