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Shah Rukh Khan being detained for over 2 hours at a USA airport because his name is Khan - is this bias against Muslims? Your comments please.

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Asked by nargis bhambi, 18 Aug '09 02:07 am
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No this isn't a bias against Muslims. Infact my classmates who bear a muslim name are always ready for a double-check at the baggage counter. When I remarked to them as to why they were getting prepared for the check even though they weren't called specifically. They smiled and said just wait and you will see.. and right in front of me within a matter of 5 minutes these poor innocent guys were made to undergo complete scanning and their bodies were checked. They said now it has become a matter of routine for Them. I too felt very bad on seeing their plight but was just helpless and watched these proceedings in dismay.
Answered by inquisitive, 18 Aug '09 02:23 am

 
  
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Yes. It sure is. Just because his surname is Khan does not mean all Khans are terrorists. They should have questioned him for not more than 15 to 20 and allowed him to make a phone call to ascertain his TRUE identity.
Answered by John Mascarenhas, 18 Aug '09 02:10 am

 
  
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It is the proof that nobody is above law & procedures. in india all officials would have been licking srk's hands for the sake of popularity rather than following strict procedures irrespective of the status of the person. why APJ Kalam had to go through something similar. srk is certainly not of the stature of ex-president of india.
Answered by canaqa, 18 Aug '09 08:08 am

 
  
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No , not at all . After 9/11 USA started strict security procedures that has surely helped them filter off terrorists.
By the way most of the terrorists involved in Jihadi activities are muslims, so the computer sounds an alert as soon as a muslim name comes on screen, that is already recorded in existing list in computer memory. It is nothing to do with a specific case like ShahRukh Khan, Kamal Hassan, Abdul Kalam or Zafar Iqbal. Only thing is that the security staff becomes extra-careful in checking a person whose passport name maches with that already in computer.
Answered by Harris Nagy, 18 Aug '09 06:01 am

 
  
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I think it is a communication gap. Becuase USA people are vey confusion persons . In USA 95% people do not know about the other conuntries custmes , names and other relations . So it is happend .
Answered by suryaguttina, 21 Oct '09 09:46 pm

 
  
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Even when georgre fernndiz was strippe peopledibt talk so much i believe
Answered by Dinesh C S, 18 Aug '09 08:18 am

 
  
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Definitely this is a concern for us - but I think we should read too much into this. US people wants to make their country safe and for that purpose they are ready to walk miles detaining or questioning any people, no matter how big name you have. They have paid the price in the past trusting muslims and they dont want to make the same mistake again !
Answered by Krish Dey, 18 Aug '09 02:24 am

 
  
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Such descrimination based on religion is not uncommon in US. Celebrities of highest level were shamed like this in past. It's not wise thing to do. Security measures are necessary but giving silly reasons for such a thing is stupidity on their part.
Answered by SK. Abdul Mohammed Jafar Sadik Basha, 18 Aug '09 02:14 am

 
  
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