Actor Shah Rukh Khan was detained at Los Angeles airport by the US immigration department officials on Friday.
The actor took to social micro-blogging site Twitter to share the news with his followers. “I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” he tweeted.Shah Rukh in another tweet said, “The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons.”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 is not the first time that the Bollywood actor has been detained at a US airport.
In 2012, Shah Rukh Khan was detained at New York airport for over two hours by immigration officials. The US customs and border protection authorities had expressed “profound” apologies for the Shah Rukh Khan’s detention then. 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”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 with some sarcasm about his detention.In 2009 also, Khan was detained by US immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because his name came up on a computer alert list. He was asked several questions about the purpose of his visit. His hand baggage was checked. He was not allowed to even make a phone call for nearly an hour.Speaking to TOI about his detention, the actor had said: “I told them I was a movie star and had recently visited the country for the shooting of my film. Nothing seemed to convince the immigration officer. There were other immigration officers who even vouched for me but this particular officer did not listen to anyone. I even told them I had an invitation from the South Asian community and was there to attend an event.”