November 17th, 2011
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Kalam’s frisking: 2 US officials sacked

Abdul Kalam New Delhi: US authorities have sacked two Transport Security Agency officials for “exceeding their brief” by subjecting former President APJ Abdul Kalam to humiliation at New York’s JFK airport on September 29. The officials had not only frisked Kalam but went to the extent of taking his jacket and shoes.

This incident is being taken as an incident of hyper enthusiasm on the side of the officials. The two countries are discussing ways to draw up a common “no-frisk” list so that such blunders do not take place in future. “But the task is proving to be difficult as there are too many VIPs in India,” a senior government official said here on Wednesday.

After investigation based on India’s complaint it was found that that they had indeed frisked Kalam and later forced the crew of the Air India plane he had boarded to open its door and hand over the former president’s jacket and shoes to check for explosives. Former President Abdul Kalam is not exempted from screening in the US but as a part of mutual courtesies, he gets an escort and a place for private screening. Such courtesies are extended even up to a secretary-level official.





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