The United States Embassy in New Delhi has regretted the frisking of the former President A.P.J.Abdul Kalam at a New York air port over a month ago.
The incident occurred on September 29, when Mr Kalam boarded and Air India flight at New York’s J.F. Keneddy Air Port. He was already subjected to “private screening”, as he does not come under the category of dignitaries exempt from security screening procedures under stringent American guidelines.
However, after enter the air craft, U.S security officials came and asked for his jocket and shoes, claiming that these items where not checked according to prescribed procedure “private screening”. With Mr. Kalam’s concernt Air India staff than gave his jocket and shoes to the American official’s it is unclear whether these items where checked by any Indian security personnel before being returned to him.
External affairs Minister S.M.Krishna asked Ambassador in Washington Nirupama Rao to take up the issue with the U.S administration, which than apologised to Mr Kalan and the Government of India “that appropriate procedures for expedited screening of dignitaries had not been followed”.
This is not a first time the U.S aviation security has tangled wit Mr. Kalam. In 2009 he was frisked by the staff of Continental Air line at the New Delhi Air Port Despite the fact that he is on the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security’s list of people exempted from security screening in India.
In a statement issued on Sunday after the incident came to public attention the us Embassy said an apology was hand-delivers to Mr. Kalam by Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Peeter Burleigh. “The U.S. government has utmost respect for former Indian President Abdul Kalam. We deeply regret the inconvenience that resulted for him…” said the statement