- Shah Rukh Khan detained at Los Angeles airport for questioning
- The actor's name matches with one of the 80,000 on US no-fly list
- 'To be detained at US immigration every damn time sucks', he tweeted
This time, the 50-year-old was detained at the Los Angeles airport. A man with the same name is on a US no-fly list of 80,000 people.
He took to Twitter to voice his exasperation.
I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 12, 2016
The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 12, 2016
US ambassador Richard Verma's response was also in tweets.
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
In response, the actor tweeted:
Mr Khan, one of the most successful stars in the Hindi film industry, has been held back at the New York and New Jersey airports before.
No trouble sir, respect the protocol & not expecting 2 b above it. It's just a tad inconvenient. Thx for ur concern. https://t.co/zQspvxnXsl— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 12, 2016
American officials tell NDTV that during immigration checks, what pops up is a name without any other detail to help draw a distinction.
In April 2012, Mr Khan was held back at the airport in New York on a visit to address students at Yale University. After arriving two hours late at Yale, he joked during his address: "Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I take a trip to America."
Others travelling with Mr Khan, including industrialist Mukesh Ambani's wife Nita Ambani, had been cleared immediately.
As New Delhi reacted strongly to the star being detained, the US Customs and Border Protection wrote to India's New York Mission expressing "profound apologies".
Earlier this year, the actor had said in an interview that he hoped this would stop, since his namesake had been removed from the no-fly list.
In 2009 too, the actor was stopped at the Newark airport because his name came up on a computer alert list.