Actor's U.S. Airport Screen Roils India
Fans of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan burned a U.S. flag in protest Sunday after the actor said he was detained for questioning at a U.S. airport.
U.S. immigration officials denied he was formally held, but Indian film stars and political leaders condemned what they called "humiliating" treatment given to Mr. Khan, a Muslim who is well-loved in a largely Hindu country.
Mr. Khan said he was detained Friday by U.S. immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because his name matched with some names on a computer alert list. The actor is in the U.S. to promote a new film, "My Name is Khan," which is about racial profiling of Muslims after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The story made front pages in India. "SRK [Shah Rukh Khan] feels the heat of American paranoia," said The Times of India.
Airport security for people considered VIPs in India is a sensitive subject. Any perceived infringement of privacy or lack of respect is typically greeted with blanket outrage and front-page coverage. In July, Continental Airlines Inc. apologized to India's former president, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, for "misunderstanding and/or inconvenience" related to a security screening before he boarded a flight to New York in April.
Yea.. that US paranoia that Muslims too easily get pissed off, burn flags and massacre people at hotels...