King Khan & Other Celebrities Who Were Detained At Airports

King Khan & Other Celebrities Who Were Detained At Airports


Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was detained at the airport in Los Angeles. And this is the third time that he has been detained at a US airport. He was stopped by the US immigration department. The actor tweeted about his frustration, saying, “I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every time really sucks.


However, the US State Department’s assistant secretary on south and central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal tweeted to Khan, saying she was “sorry for the hassle at the airport.


Later, the US ambassador to India, Rich Verma also apologized to Khan via a tweet saying, “Sorry for the trouble. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again.” He added that Khan’s work inspires millions, including in the US.


The star was earlier detained in 2012 at the New York airport for about 2-3 hours. He had then arrived on a private plane and was on his way to Yale University for a function when he was stopped.


An Indian government minister said at the time that this "policy of detention and apology by the US cannot continue".


King Khan & Other Celebrities Who Were Detained At Airports


US customs and border protection authorities later expressed "profound" apologies for the incident.


Before that he was detained in 2009 at the Newark airport for two hours and was released after the intervention of Indian embassy.


Well, Shah Rukh Khan is not the only Indian public figure to be detained at an airport.


  1. Actor Akshay Kumar was made to wait at Heathrow Airport by the UK immigration officials. He was detained for over an hour and a half earlier this year. Reports say that he was traveling to Mumbai from London with a visa that was not valid.
  2. Even former President APJ Abdul Kalam was also detained at the New York airport in 2011. Washington had apologized when the Delhi government complained after Kalam was frisked on board the aircraft and had his jacket and shoes taken away.
  3. A year earlier, India’s then ambassador to the US Meera Shankar was also pulled from an airport security line and frisked by a security agent in Mississippi. Reports say that she was singled out because she was wearing a saree.
  4. In the same month, another Indian diplomat, Hardeep Puri was also asked to remove his turban at an airport in Houston, Texas. Reportedly, Puri refused to do so and was then detained in a holding room at the airport.
  5. Actor Aamir Khan was also interrogated and searched at the Chicago airport in 2012.
  6. Another actor Irrfan Khan who is also a Hollywood star now, was detained not once but twice at US airports., first at the Los Angeles airport in 2008 and then again at New York airport in 2009.
  7. Even John Abraham was detained at the New York airport by the FBI in 2009 for having previously visited Afghanistan.




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