I suppose we should be glad that no one gets a free pass from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, no matter how great their fame or following. Yet something seems out of whack when international celebrities, whose regular world travels are practically part of their job description, routinely report major trouble entering the United States.
The latest such account comes from mega-Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. Khan was reportedly detained and held for over two hours by U.S. immigration officials upon a recent arrival in New York. He had come from India by private jet in order to address students at Yale University — and ended up late for his talk.
The reports did not indicate the basis upon which Khan was detained. The rest of his group was cleared for entry immediately.
Khan is quoted as commenting, “Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kicked the star out of stardom.”
For more such tales, see “International Celebrities Denied U.S. Entry Visas.”