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Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan Detained At US Airport
The star of 'My Name is Khan' blockbuster says to be detained at American immigration 'every damn time really really sucks'
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Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan was again "detained" at a US airport, the third time in seven years that he has been stopped by US immigration officials at the country's airports, with the actor expressing disappointment on social media.
"I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks," (sic) the actor tweeted after being detained at the Los Angeles airport.
"The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons," the 50-year-old actor said in another tweet referring to the widely popular web game.
Khan is the star of the Bollywood film "My Name is Khan", which depicts racial profiling of Muslims in the United States after the September 11 2001 attacks.
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the US Department of State Nisha Desai Biswal has apologised for "hassle" Khan faced at the airport.
"Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk - even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening," Biswal tweeted.
Her Twitter account says that the tweets there "are my own".
This was not the first instance that Khan was detained at an American airport by immigration officials.
In April 2012, Khan was detained at the White Plains airport near New York for over two hours by immigration officials.
Khan was in the US to visit Yale University and was accompanied by Nita Ambani, wife of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. He was understood to have been travelling in a private plane.
Following the incident, sources had then told PTI that while Ambani and the rest of their group was cleared immediately, Khan was stopped and was given immigration clearance only after about two hours.
Yale University officials had to contact and speak with officials at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of US Immigration and Customs in Washington when they were informed that Khan was held up at the airport.
After the incident in New York, Khan had said, "Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kicked the star out of stardom," Khan had said to the Yale students.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday Khan's detention at Los Angeles airport in the USA is very "unfortunate and embarrassing".
"I am shocked to hear about the harassment caused to @iamsrk. Security is security but this is very unfortunate and embarrassing," Banerjee tweeted.
US Ambassador to India Richard Verma today apologised to Khan over the incident and said the US is working to ensure that this does not happen again.
Khan, who co-owns the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders is also the brand ambassador of the state, and West Bengal Tourism Department will soon come up with a new marketing campaign featuring him.
In 2009, Khan was detained at the Newark Airport in New Jersey for nearly two hours.
Following the incident, Khan had sought to downplay the "unfortunate procedure" at Newark airport and had said that he would not demand an apology. He said that he felt "angry and humiliated".
"My name is Khan? Too bad. SRK (Shah Rukh Khan) feels the heat of American paranoia," a Delhi-based newspaper wrote in an editorial about that fiasco.