US State Department, envoy Richard Verma apologise to SRK for detention at LA airport

US envoy to India, Richard Verma and assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the US Department of State Nisha Desai Biswal on Friday apologised for ‘hassle’ Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh faced at the Los Angeles Airport.

“Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!,” Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, US Department of State said in a tweet.

Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!

— Nisha Biswal (@NishaBiswal) August 12, 2016
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.

US Ambassador to India Richard Verma also tweeted an apology to Shah Rukh Khan, for the trouble he faced.

“Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US,” Verma said

Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US.

— Rich Verma (@USAmbIndia) August 12, 2016
However, Former Indian Foreign Secretary, Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao came out in support of the security measure at LA Airport saying that one cannot question the customs and border protection laws of any sovereign country.

“The U.S post 9/11 is a changed country. If you’re not prepared to accept stringent security/controls don’t go there. Everything falls under the rubric of homeland security. No foreigner is really exempt,” she said in a series of tweets.

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
However, this is not for the first time the actor was detained. In 2009, 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.

In 2012, he was detained at a New York airport for over two hours by immigration officials after arriving from India in a private plane with Nita Ambani, to address students at Yale University.

In 2014, he was stopped for extended questioning by US airport authorities.

(With agency inputs)