New Delhi: Unfazed by the controversy
surrounding its action, Continental Airlines today implied
that former President A P J Abdul Kalam was not exempt from
frisking before boarding the aircraft.
"TSA (Transportation Security Administration of US
Department of Homeland Security) requirements impose a final
security check in the aero-bridge just before boarding the
"This procedure is followed by all carriers flying to
the US from most of the countries in the world and there is no
exemption to this rule," a statement from Continental Airlines
said in the wake of a furore over frisking of Kalam three
months ago at the international airport here when he was going
It said as all carriers flying to the USA, Continental
Airlines must follow TSA requirements and procedures.
The statement said Continental Airlines was honoured
and proud to have had a distinguished customer and "we hope
former President Kalam has been pleased by our service".
"Security and custom service are key component for us
at Continental Airlines. We believe that Dr Kalam was not
offended and we would like to thank him again for flying with
us," the statement said.