Friday, April 13, 2012

U.S aplogizes for delaying Shah Rukh Khan


New Delhi
April 13, 2012

Thank you for coming to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi evening.  My name is Peter Vrooman, Spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy.  Before I make my statement, I would just like to say that many Americans are great fans of Indian movies, and respect the work of the great actor, Shah Rukh Khan.  My own daughter always asks to see SRK’s Chammak Challo video song.  I am thrilled that he was recognized by Yale University yesterday as a Chubb Fellow.


Please allow me on behalf of our diplomatic mission in India to apologize if Mr. Shah Rukh Khan experienced an inconvenience or delay yesterday in White Plains, New York, on his way to Yale University.

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is tasked with protecting our Nation’s borders. Most international travelers enter the U.S. via large, international airports, but U.S. authorities also facilitate travel to domestic airports, like White Plains.

My message today is to broaden understanding about the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to put in place systems that can help address circumstances faced by Mr. Khan or any other traveler. It is called the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program.

If you or anyone you know have been selected for secondary screening on multiple occasions you can use the Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) to resolve issues such as misidentification.  DHS TRIP is a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hubs.

People who have experienced difficulties upon entry into or exit from the U.S. at a port of entry or border crossing can file an inquiry to seek redress.  DHS TRIP routes your redress request to the appropriate office for review and adjudication.  You may access TRIP at:

Once again, let me stress that we strive to welcome all legitimate travelers to the US warmly, and we apologize for any inconvenience that Mr. Shah Rukh Khan may have experienced.  Thank you for helping share the word about this important initiative to resolve travel-related issues.

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