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Bollywood Superstar Khan Grilled at U.S. Airport

Hindustan Times, Posted: Aug 18, 2009

Indian megastar Shah Rukh Khan claims he was subjected to "shabby" treatment at the Newark International airport because his last name was Khan, reports The Hindustan Times.

Khan arrived two hours late to a function in Atlantic City, N.J., minus his baggage and told fans he did not want to step on American soil anymore. He said immigration authorities would not allow him to use his cell phone to contact local organizers of his show. Customs officials grilled Khan, saying his name matched someone on an immigration checklist. The Indian Consulate eventually had to intervene.

India's home minister said the U.S. officials overdid the questioning. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency said he was not singled out for his name, rather because his baggage had not arrived. Khan who was listed in Newsweek's 50 Most Powerful People in the World said he would not seek an apology from U.S. authorities but would like the U.S. government to offer more warmth and speed in its processes. Incidentally Khan is promoting My Name is Khan, his new film about a Muslim man in post 9/11 America.



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