SRK, who has been named a Chubb Fellow, was accompanied by Nita Ambani and they were understood to have arrived in a private plane at the New York`s White Plain airport. Nita Ambani`s daughter is a student at Yale University. Sources told the press, while everybody else were cleared by the immigration immediately; SRK was stopped for over two hours before being cleared by the immigration officials.
SRK’s plane landed in New York at 12:30pm but he didn’t make it to Yale till 6pm. The extra grilling session also made him reach two hours late for his scheduled speech at the esteemed University.
When he finally did address the students at Yale, which is located around three hours drive from New York, SRK said: “We were detained at the airport as always. For one and a half hours. It was nice. It always happens when I come to America. Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I take a trip to America.” His bid for humour in this situation impressed his audience and held them captive all through the speech.
“Shah Rukh was very upset with this incident happening with him again. In order for the processed to be sped up, the Yale University officials had to contact the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Department at Washington, when they were made aware of this detention,” sources said. However, this is not the first time Shah Rukh Khan has been stopped at an American airport. In 2009 also, he was stopped at the Newark airport and was released after a two hour grilling.
Shailaja Gupta, who is the USA head of SRK’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment, said that he was expecting to be stopped this time as well and that he answered all questions with grace and patience. She also said that the airport officials recognised him but continued with the questioning.
Back home, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reacted on Twitter, saying: “Honestly what’s the big deal?? This airport detention thing happens all the time & to all sorts of people. Get over it.”