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Again: SRK detained at LA airport!


Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was briefly detained at the Los Angeles international airport Thursday evening, possibly for a close match with an entry on the US terror watchlist. An exasperated SRK tweeted that the detention sucks”.

This was the third time the superstar had run into trouble with US immigration/airport authorities because of his name, which is said to match an entry on a terror list.

He was eventually allowed to go, and a US state department official tweeted an apology to the actor saying, “Sorry for the hassle at the airport, Shah Rukh Khan. Even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!”

Indian government sources expressed frustration at Khan being stopped again without any reason.

It was not immediately clear how he was cleared finally — on his own, or after the intervention of authorities. Officials refused to share details.

Sources said that despite the brief detention, the actor had not escalated it to the government of India or US authorities.

SRK also took to Twitter. “I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks,” he said in a Tweet.

Not one to be put down because of the detention, he put out another Tweet, “The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons.”

Earlier in 2012, Khan was detained at a New York airport for two hours while he was on his way to Yale to address students at the invitation of the university. He had reached three hours late as a result.

“Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America,” he had then said in his address. “The immigration guys kicked the star out of stardom.”