Another Indian diplomat subjected to pat-down at U.S. airport
PTI Hardeep Puri, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, was asked by airport officials to remove his turban during a security check two weeks ago at Houston Airport. File photo
Close on the heels of the news that Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar was subjected to a ‘pat-down’ search, another incident of top Indian diplomat Hardeep Puri was subjected to a pat-down search down at Houston Airport has come to light, following which India has lodged a strong protest with the U.S.
According to reports, Mr. Puri, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, was asked by airport officials to remove his turban during a security check two weeks ago at Houston Airport.
When Mr. Puri refused to remove his turban, the officials made him to wait for over half-an-hour in a ‘holding room’.
India has lodged an official protest through its Consulate General in Huston with the U.S. authorities, sources said here.
On December 4, Ms. Shankar, was pulled from an airport security line and patted down by an American security agent in Mississippi despite informing them of her diplomatic status.
Shankar was subjected to an enhanced security pat-down at the Jackson-Evers International Airport in Mississippi, ostensibly because she was dressed in a sari.
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