SRK de­tained at US air­port again


Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yash­want Raj

WASH­ING­TON: Bol­ly­wood su­per­star Shah Rukh Khan was briefly de­tained at the Los An­ge­les air­port on Thurs­day, the third time in re­cent years, pos­si­bly for a close match­with­a­nen­try on theUnited States ter­ror watch­list.

An ex­as­per­ated Khantweeted that the de­ten­tion “re­ally re­ally sucks”, draw­ing an apol­ogy from a US state Depart­ment of­fi­cial. In a sec­ond tweet, Khan said he played Poke­mon while await­ing his clear­ance.The­ac­tor,whose2010­filmMy Name is Khan dealt with racial pro­fil­ing in the United States, was even­tu­ally al­lowed to go.

“I fully un­der­stand & re­spect se­cu­rity with the way the world is, but to be de­tained at US im­mi­gra- tion ev­ery damn time re­ally re­ally sucks,” the ac­tor tweeted.

As the news quickly cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia, US am­bas­sador Richard Verma apol­o­gised to SRK on Twit­ter for his de­ten­tion at the air­port. “Sorry for the trou­ble at LAX @iamsrk. We are work­ing to en­sure it doesn’t hap­pen again. Your­workin­spiresmil­lions,in­clud­ing in the US,” Verma tweeted.

Nisha Biswal, US state depart­ment’s as­sis­tant sec­re­tary on south and cen­tral Asian Af­fairs, also tweeted to Khan that she was “sorry for the has­sle”, ad­ding that US diplo­mats too faced such sit­u­a­tions. Shah Rukh thanked both of them for their “con­cern” and said he didn’t ex­pect to be above pro­to­col.

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