Published On : Mon, Oct 17th, 2016

Omar Abdullah detained at US airport for 2 hours


Omar AbdullahFormer Jammu-Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said he was stopped at a New York airport for two hours on Monday for extra immigration checks. “Another `random’ secondary immigration check upon landing in the US. Thrice in three visits, the randomness is growing tiresome now,” Abdullah, 46, tweeted shortly after midnight.

“I just spent two hours in a holding area and this happens EVERY time…” the National Conference leader said. “I’m here to speak at an event organised by NYU but I almost wish I’d stayed at home instead… That’s two hours well and truly wasted!!” Abdullah said.

Earlier in August, actor Shah Rukh Khan had been detained at the Los Angeles airport. At that point, Khan too had tweeted that while he fully understood and respected security protocols, “to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks”.