Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter Friday to express his annoyance at being detained by US airport immigration authorities for the third time, saying the experience “really, really sucks”.
Shah Rukh was detained at Los Angeles airport by the US immigration department officials as he traveled with his children. The actor took to Twitter to express his disappointment on being restrained by US officials.
“I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” Khan tweeted after he was pulled aside at Los Angeles airport.
The Raees star, however, managed to keep his chin up, as he shared his hilarious experience catching Pokémons to kill time at the airport. “The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons”.
The star’s love for Pokémon Go was never a secret as he posted on Instagram earlier to show his addiction with the game.
As news of Khan’s detention broke on Indian television channels, US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal quickly expressed regret.
This is not the first time, Shah Rukh was stopped at a US airport. The last time Khan, 50, was detained by immigration officials in New York in 2012, it sparked uproar among his Indian fans who accused the US of racial profiling, and led Washington to apologise.
Washington had previously denied allegations that Khan was singled out because his name denotes him as a Muslim. Someone with the same name is reportedly on a US no-fly list of 80,000.
After the 2012 incident, SRK joked in a speech to Yale University that he was accustomed to such hassles.
“Yes, it always happens… Whenever I start feeling arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America,” he told students. “The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom.”
SRK was also detained for more than two hours in 2009 at Newark airport outside New York, prompting a similar Indian outcry and a US apology.
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