Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is again detained, this time at LAX

Shah Rukh Khan
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan greets fans waiting outside his residence in Mumbai, India, earlier this year.
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Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan found himself detained once again while trying to enter the United States, this time at Los Angeles International Airport. 

Khan, one of India’s biggest celebrities, took to Twitter on Thursday night to express his disappointment, although he did not specifically name the airport.

Khan has more than 20 million followers on Twitter.

Rich Verma, the U.S. ambassador to India, tweeted back at Khan, known as the “King of Bollywood,” apologizing for the incident, which he said occurred at LAX.

LAX did not immediately respond for comment. 

This is not the first time Khan has had issues when flying to the United States.

In 2009, he was detained at the airport in Newark, N.J., eliciting an outcry and a U.S. apology. In 2012, he was detained again, this time at the airport in White Plains, N.Y., on his way to give a speech at Yale. 

“Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America,” he said during his speech, after his release. “The immigration guys kicked the star out of stardom.”

In the most recent incident, Khan tried to stay positive.

Nisha Biswal, the assistant secretary of State for South and Central Asia, also took to Twitter and said: “Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk — even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!”

Khan responded: “No hassle ma’m.Respect the protocol,not expecting to b above it. Appreciate ur graciousness, its just inconvenient.”


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