An ugly row ensued when the actor sat in the VIP lounge and was asked to move out by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as he was not in the list of VIPs entitled to the facility.
"When the actor refused to move out and tried to throw around his weight, he was forcibly evicted from the lounge," said an airport source.
The furious actor then created a scene, only to sober down when senior officials intervened.
Saif Ali Khan had arrived in Lucknow to take part in the shooting of Bullet Raja two days back and was headed to New Delhi.
After the tiff, he waited in the open area like any other traveller and left on a Jet Airways flight.
Confirming the incident, CISF commandant Gyanendra Kumar told IANS that the actor was asked to leave after airport officials brought it to their notice that he was an unauthorized occupant of the VIP lounge.
The actor could not be reached for comments.