Omar, who was in New York to give a speech, sent out a series of tweets on October 17 in which he revealed that he had to spend two hours in a holding area of the U.S airport.
Another “random” secondary immigration check upon landing in the US. Thrice in three visits, the randomness is growing tiresome now.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 16, 2016
Revealing that this was the third time in a row that he was being subjected such “random” secondary immigration check, and even tried to make a sarcastic joke about the situation by saying he didn’t even have Pokemon Go to play to be able to pass his time.
I just spent TWO hours in a holding area & this happens EVERY time. Unlike @iamsrk I don’t even catch Pokemon to pass the time.— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 16, 2016
Though his frustration was clearly evident in the next few tweets in which he wished he had stayed home instead.
I’m here to speak at an event organised by NYU but I almost wish I’d stayed at home instead. Ah well, that’s two hours well & truly wasted!!— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) October 16, 2016
In August this year, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan too was detained by the U.S Immigration Department and he had expressed his displeasure in a series of tweets.
Following his tweet, the U.S. Sate Department had sent out their apology and said even American diplomats get ‘pulled for extra screening’.
Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!
— Nisha Biswal (@NishaBiswal) August 12, 2016
Though India’s former Foreign Secretary and US Ambassador Nirupama Rao had come out in the defense of the security measure and said one cannot question the customs and border protection laws as they follow the “rubric of homeland security” and “no foreigner is really exempt from it”.
I don’t think we can question the customs and border protection laws of any sovereign country. Live and learn. https://t.co/DC1qznAJRp— Nirupama Rao (@NMenonRao) August 12, 2016
Everything falls under the rubric of homeland security. No foreigner is really exempt. https://t.co/insgTuqBvw— Nirupama Rao (@NMenonRao) August 12, 2016
The U.S post 9/11 is a changed country. If you’re not prepared to accept stringent security/controls don’t go there. https://t.co/MWt6Q4fFlX— Nirupama Rao (@NMenonRao) August 12, 2016