Shah Rukh Khan has been “detained” by US authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.
It is not clear why the Bollywood star was detained, or for how long.
The US ambassador to India has apologized for the detention and said authorities were working to ensure it did not happen again.
In 2012, Shah Rukh Khan was detained for 90 minutes at the White Plains airport near New York.
Shah Rukh Khan’s detention by US authorities for 90 minutes at White Plains airport near New York has sparked outrage in India
In 2009, the actor was stopped for two hours at Newark airport. He was released after India’s embassy intervened.
Shah Rukh Khan, who flew into Los Angeles on August 12, tweeted: “I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks.”
However, the actor added: “The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons.”
Although there was no comment from immigration officials, the US State Department’s assistant secretary on south and central Asian affairs, Nisha Biswal, tweeted to Shah Rukh Khan, saying she was “sorry for the hassle”, adding that US diplomats also face this situation.
Later, the US ambassador to India, Rich Verma, apologized to Shah Rukh Khan.
In 2012, Shah Rukh Khan arrived on a private plane and was on his way to Yale University for a function when he was stopped.
An Indian government minister said at the time that this “policy of detention and apology by the US cannot continue”.
US customs and border protection authorities later expressed “profound” apologies for the incident.
Shah Rukh Khan had later made light of the incident and joked about it.
“Whenever I start feeling arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom,” the Bollywood star told a gathering of students at Yale University.
Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in more than 70 films and is considered one of India’s most recognizable and popular celebrities.
Customs agents have seized 67 live giant African snails at Los Angeles International Airport.
The snails, which are prohibited in the US, were found by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors.
They arrived from Nigeria and were intended for a person in California, said Lee Harty, a spokeswoman for the customs agency.
The mollusks are among the largest land snails in the world and can grow up to 8 inches long, said officials.
Customs agents have seized 67 live giant African snails at Los Angeles International Airport (photo AP)
The US Department of Agriculture put the snails in an incinerator after they were inspected, said Lee Harty, because they can carry parasites that are harmful to humans, including one that can lead to meningitis.
They are also potentially damaging to nature, said Maveeda Mirza, the CBP program manager for agriculture.
“These snails are seriously harmful to local plants because they will eat any kind of crop they can get to,” said Maveeda Mirza, who added that investigations were continuing into why one person would want so many.
“We’re investigating what happened, but it doesn’t seem like there was smuggling involved,” she said.
This is the first time that they have confiscated such a large quantity, Maveeda Mirza added, although there have been cases of much smaller numbers being found to be accidentally in people’s luggage.
Paul Anthony Ciancia, the man who allegedly killed a TSA worker and wounded three others at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday had anti-government literature in his possession outlining an alleged conspiracy to create a single global government.
Law enforcement sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NBC News the material recovered from Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, after the shootout at LAX appeared to have been prepared by a group called “New World Order”.
One source said it also expressed animus toward racial minorities.
There is no record of a radical group by that name and the term “New World Order” is often used by conspiracy-minded groups and individuals to describe an alleged secret plot to establish an autonomous world government that would replace sovereign nations and put an end to international power struggles.
According to ConspiracyWiki, a website devoted to conspiracy theories, the doctrine was primarily limited to militant anti–government and radical fundamentalist Christian groups until the early 1990s, but has since been embraced by some left-wing groups.
Very little was known about Paul Anthony Cianci, who had lived in the Philadelphia area before moving to California.
LAX suspect Paul Anthony Ciancia had anti-government literature in his possession outlining an alleged conspiracy to create a single global government
His brother told police in New Jersey he had received a text message from the suspect Friday morning saying he was thinking about taking his life.
Pennsville, New Jersey, Police Chief Allen J. Cummings then contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to do a well-being check on Paul Anthony Ciancia at his apartment in California. He wasn’t there when LAPD officers contacted his roommates about 10 a.m. local time, but they said everything was fine.
Paul Anthony Ciancia’s father, also named Paul, told NBC station KNBC that he last spoke to his son a week ago, when the son said the economy was depressed. The senior Ciancia said he didn’t know if his son had a job or if he owned any weapons, but confirmed that he was in California.
Paul Anthony Ciancia was shot by law enforcement and taken into custody after he allegedly began shooting at Transportation Security Administration workers with an assault rifle at about 9:20 a.m. local time.
Federal officials said it was unclear whether the gunman was targeting TSA workers or was trying to shoot his way through to gain greater access to the airport. But one witness said the shooter, while walking through the terminal with his weapon, approached him with a one-word question.
“All he said was, <<TSA?>> Just like that,” Leon Saryan told MSNBC.
The shooting started in Terminal 3, which serves Virgin America and other airlines. Paul Anthony Ciancia allegedly took a 223-caliber AR-15 style, semiautomatic rifle out of a duffle bag and fired on TSA officers at a screening checkpoint, authorities said. He then went farther into the terminal, where he exchanged fire with law enforcement and was shot multiple times in the chest, they said.
He was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said.
Police said quick action by airport officers averted a worse tragedy.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference later Friday that Paul Anthony Ciancia had with him at least 100 more rounds of ammunition that “literally would have killed everyone in that terminal.”
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