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".
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.