Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

Posted on 14 November 2011

Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

Kalam frisked at NY airport, India outragedFormer President APJ Abdul Kalam was reportedly frisked at the JFK Airport in New York at the end of September this year. Reports suggested that Kalam’s coat and shoes were taken from him even as he was already seated inside an Air India aircraft before departure.

Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

Amid growing outrage in India over the frisking of former President APJ Abdul Kalam at New York’s JFK Airport, the United States sought to put a lid on the controversy by “deeply” regretting the inconvenience caused to the Indian dignitary as a result of the September 29 incident.

Kalam was also frisked two years ago at the Delhi airport by a US-based airline.

“After the incident, Chargé d’affaires Ambassador Peter Burleigh personally hand-delivered a letter from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administrator to former President Kalam. A similar letter was delivered to the Government of India.

In these letters, the US government apologised that appropriate procedures for expedited screening of dignitaries were not followed. “We are actively working to prevent similar incidents from occurring,” the US Embassy in New Delhi said as the issue threatened to snowball into a diplomatic row.

Underlining that the US administration had the utmost respect for the former Indian President, the embassy said, “The US government deeply values and appreciates our strong relationship and partnership with India. We are confident that despite this regrettable incident, we will continue working closely with India in the many areas of our strategic partnership.”

Kalam was in the US in September to attend a series of events and the incident took place while he was returning home from New York on September 29.

Sources said after Kalam had taken his seat in the aircraft, officials of the JFK Airport came inside and said they wanted to check the former President once again. This was strongly protested by Air India authorities.

An Indian protocol officer requested the US officials not to do so and pointed out that Kalam was a former head of state of India, but the plea fell on deaf ears. Kalam’s coat and shoes were later returned to him after a swab analysis.

Sources explained that Kalam did not protest as he doesn’t give much thought to such incidents and never complains about them. However, this time, his office informed the External Affairs Ministry about the incident after he returned home.

A detailed report on the incident was prepared by a senior Air India official and sent to the Civil Aviation Ministry which, in turn, forwarded it to the External Affairs Ministry in October.

New Delhi, meanwhile, threatened to take retaliatory action against US dignitaries unless such “unacceptable” practices were stopped. External Affairs Minister SM Krishna spoke to Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao and directed her to take up the matter in writing at the “highest level” with Washington.

Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged
Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged

One Response to “Kalam Frisked At NY Airport India Outraged”

  1. RAHULJALAN13 says:

    Shame on new york government and security


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