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megimoo
12-13-2010, 06:29 PM
Indian diplomat detained in U.S. for refusing to remove turban in new airport security gaffe


A diplomatic row between the U.S. and India has deepened after it emerged that a second dignitary was subjected to an invasive security search at a U.S. airport.

India's UN envoy Hardeep Puri was detained for more than 30 minutes in a holding room at Houston Airport, Texas, after refusing to remove his turban.The Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna today said: 'We have taken it up with the U.S. authorities and the matter is at that stage.'

Meera Shankar, who dined at the White House just last month, was given one of the controversial searches after she was pulled from an airport security line in Mississippi.The incident, which one state official called ‘unfortunate,’ occurred after the 60-year-old had visited Mississippi State University for an International studies programme.The university has said it will apologise to the ambassador after the incident ‘ruined the whole day’.

Former diplomat and now chairman of the university’s international studies department Janos Radvanyi told Associated Press that they will be sending her a letter of apology.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338257/Indias-UN-envoy-Hardeep-Puri-detained-U-S-refusing-remove-turban.html

Rockntractor
12-13-2010, 06:42 PM
These rules are only meant to shame and humiliate law abiding US citizens, what is wrong with the TSA?:confused:

Odysseus
12-13-2010, 06:48 PM
These rules are only meant to shame and humiliate law abiding US citizens, what is wrong with the TSA?:confused:

Really. The next thing you know, they'll be patting down Ahmedinejad on his next trip to the UN.

Rockntractor
12-13-2010, 06:50 PM
Really. The next thing you know, they'll be patting down Ahmedinejad on his next trip to the UN.

Oh for shame!:eek:

Sonnabend
12-14-2010, 08:37 AM
This will be a diplomatic "whoopsie", and I will lay odds on the moron concerned getting his walking papers. An ambassador has diplomatic immunity.

Bad move.

Odysseus
12-14-2010, 11:32 AM
This will be a diplomatic "whoopsie", and I will lay odds on the moron concerned getting his walking papers. An ambassador has diplomatic immunity.

Bad move.

But, the advocates will argue, we need to pat down diplomats because al Qaeda can start using them as bombers. :rolleyes:

This is a huge mistake, for a number of reasons. First, as you correctly pointed out, diplomats are not supposed to be harassed this way. Second, Sikhs and Muslims have a rather contentious history, since Muslims consider Sikhs infidels who lack even the basic Abrahamic origins. An Indian diplomat, a Sikh, getting hassled because a US agency can't be bothered to look at Muslims is going to really piss off India. It just makes TSA look like ignorant PC stooges. Which, come to think of it...