After SRK, Omar Abdullah Faces ‘Random’ Check, Gets Detained At US Airport

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12:39 pm 17 Oct, 2016

After Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan got detained at the Los Angeles Airport earlier this year, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has complained about getting the same treatment in New York.

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.

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.

Though his frustration was clearly evident in the next few tweets in which he wished he had stayed home instead.

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’.

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”.


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