Shah Rukh Khan detained at New York airport
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was detained at New York airport for
two hours Thursday as he arrived to visit Yale University, where
he was honoured as a Chubb Fellow. Khan, who was detained by
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superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who has millions of fans in India and
around the world, was detained at New York's White Plains airport
for two hours Thursday as he arrived to visit Yale University,
where he was honoured as a Chubb Fellow.
Khan, who was detained by the immigration authorities, was allowed
to go only after his hosts intervened and took up the issue with
the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, according to
As part of the Yale Chubb Fellowship, Khan later attended a
reception and dinner at Timothy Dwight College at New Haven
Connecticut with over 120 Yale students including members of the
South Asian Society at Yale, before taking a return flight
Before addressing the students at Yale University after joining
the roster of Yale University's Chubb Fellows, one of the Ivy
League institution's highest honours, for promoting human ideals
through art, Khan recalled he was "detained" at the airport "as
Due to Khan's detention at the airport, the Yale event in New
Haven started an hour late.
In August 2009 also, Khan was stopped at the Newark Airport and
was released after two hours at the intervention of the Indian
consulate in New York.
"I was really hassled at the American Airport because of my name
being Khan...It was absolutely uncalled for...I felt angry and
humiliated," said Shah Rukh, who was then heading towards Chicago
to participate in an Independence Day celebration event.
"It is a Muslim name and I think the name is common on their
checklist," he had then said.
The Chubb Fellowship is devoted to encouraging and aiding Yale
students interested in the operations of government and in public
service. Each year three or four distinguished men and women have
been appointed as visiting Chubb Fellows.
Former Chubb Fellows include presidents George W. Bush, Ronald
Reagan, and Jimmy Carter; authors Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, and
Toni Morrison; filmmaker Sofia Coppola; architect Frank Gehry;
choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov; and journalist Walter Cronkite.