File photo of Shahrukh Khan
File photo of Shahrukh Khan

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan detained at LA airport, US officials apologise

NetIndian News Network

New York, August 12, 2016

Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan was detained at the Los Angeles Airport in the United States on Friday, prompting the actor to express his displeasure and and two top American diplomats apologised to him within hours.
"I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks," Khan, who suffered similar treatment at US airports twice in past six years, said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
"The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons," he said.
"Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk - even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!" US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal responded on the social media site.
To which Khan said, "No hassle ma’m. Respect the protocol,not expecting to b above it. Appreciate ur graciousness, its just inconvenient."
A little later, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma tweeted: "Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US.
"No trouble sir, respect the protocol & not expecting 2 b above it. It’s just a tad inconvenient. Thx for ur concern," Khan told him.
On April 11, 2012, the actor was detained at the White Plains airport near New York for more than two hours by immigration officials and US authorities had later apologised for the inconvenience caused to him.
Khan himself was unfazed by that incident and he joked about with students at Yale University, where he was honoured as a Chubb Fellow.
The actor had arrived at the airport on a private plane along with Nita Ambani, the wife of Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani. The Ambanis' daughter Isha was president of the South Asian Society at the university at that time.
Whie the others in the group were cleared without delay, Khan had to wait for a considerable length of time, during which his hosts at the university and Indian consulate officials took up the matter with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington and other US authorities.
Khan was, as a consequence, late for an event at the university and he explained to the crowd that he had been "detained at the airport as always". "It was nice, as it always happens," he had said, in a reference to the previous incident in August 2009, when he was similarly detained at New Yorks' Newark International Airport.
"Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kicked the star out of stardom," he said to loud applause from the audience.
"They always ask me how tall I am and I will always lie and say 5 feet 10 inches. Next time I am going to get more adventurous. If they ask me what colour are you, I am going to say white," he joked.