Omar Abdullah shared in tweets on Sunday that he had to spend two hours at the airport after arriving in New York, for “random” secondary security checks.
“Thrice in three visits, the randomness is growing tiresome now,” tweeted the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, who is in the city to speak at an event.
In another tweet he said, “I just spent TWO hours in a holding area & this happens EVERY time. Unlike @iamsrk I don’t even catch Pokemon to pass the time,” a reference to actor Shahrukh Khan, who was “detained” in August at the Los Angeles airport, third time in seven years that he had been stopped by U.S. immigration officials at the country’s airports.
Mr. 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”.
Mr. Abdullah said he is in the U.S. to speak at an event at New York University “but almost wish stayed at home instead”.
“Ah well, that’s two hours well & truly wasted!!,” he said.
In August, the US had apologized to Mr Khan, 50, who had tweeted after yet another detention at a US airport: “Every damn time”.
The actor has been held back at the New York and New Jersey airports before, because a man with the same name is on a US no-fly list of 80,000 people.