Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan was detained briefly at Los Angeles international airport (LAX) on Friday morning. The actor took to Twitter to announce the “inconvenient” turn of events and said that he spent the time playing, Pokemon, the popular mobile app game. “I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really, really sucks,” Mr. Khan announced on his Twitter handle early on Friday after he was pulled for extra screening by US immigration and customs officials.
The incident drew a swift diplomatic response with US diplomats in charge of South Asia going into damage control mode on Twitter. “Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening”, Nisha Biswal , Assistant Secretary of State in charge of South Asia and Central Asia, said in a Twitter post. ‘
She was followed by US ambassador to India Richard Verma who also took to the social media platform and announced, “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.” Mr. Khan responded to the ambassador’s remark saying, “No trouble sir, respect the protocol & not expecting to be above it. It’s just a tad inconvenient. Thanks for your concern.”
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