Joan Rivers's Travel Hell

Joan Rivers was left stranded in Costa Rica when a gate agent refused to let her on the plane. INSIDE EDITION has the details.

Joan Rivers: terrorist? The world famous comedian was flying home from a resort in Costa Rica after a New Year's celebration with family and friends when a Continental Airlines gate agent decided she was a potential threat to national security.

Here's what happened. Joan rivers was returning to New York City from Costa Rica on the last flight out Sunday. But the jittery gate agent refused to let her board the plane, stranding her all alone in the Central American country with no ATM card and just 100 dollars cash.

She showed INSIDE EDITION her passport, the reason she says she wasn't allowed on the plane. It turns out she uses two names, Joan Rosenberg and Joan Rivers, and the gate agent decided that was suspicious. Rosenberg is the name of her late husband Edgar.

Rivers, who is returning to red carpet coverage for the Golden Globes as the host of E's Fashion Police said she only got out of Costa Rica because an airport porter took pity on her and had a friend drive her six-and-a-half hours to the country's main airport.

Rivers' travel nightmare puts a celebrity face on the new reality of airport security, where passengers now face increased screening, including pat-downs of your entire body.