Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, detained at the Los Angeles airport in the US for questioning again. 'To be detained at US immigration every damn time sucks', he tweeted. The 50-year-old actor’s name matches with one of US no-fly list of 80,000.
He took the help of the social media to voice his frustration. “I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really-really sucks. The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons,” the actor said on the lighter note.
US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal gives an apology. “Sorry for the hassle at the airport, Even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening,” she tweeted.
Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India also tweeted, "Sorry for the trouble at the airport. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including Americans in US."
Khan, one of the most successful stars in the Hindi film industry, has previously been held back at airports in New York and New Jersey. American officials on the other hands covers the situation saying that during immigration checks, what pops up is a name without any other detail to help draw a distinction.
In April 2012 when he was held back for over two hours at the airport in New York on a visit to address students at Yale University, he had joked later at Yale, "Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I take a trip to America."
In 2009 too, the actor was stopped at the Newark airport because his name came up on a computer alert list.