‘US officials involved in Kalam frisking sacked’
New Delhi: Two officials of US Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) involved in frisking former
president A P J Abdul Kalam at an American airport in
September have been sacked for not following "appropriate
procedures", the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.
"Senior TSA officials in a meeting with the India embassy
in Washington on November 1, 2011 informed that the two TSA
officials involved in the screening incident have been
terminated from their job," External Affairs Minister S M
In a written reply in the Upper House, he said the TSA
officials also informed that "they would review screening
procedure for Abdul Kalam".
Head of TSA Administrator John S Pistole in a letter to
Kalam on October 20 has extended his "sincere apology" for the
incident and admitted that TSA personnel did not follow
appropriate procedure for expedited screening of dignitaries.
The US Embassy here also issued a release on November 13
stating that United States "deeply regrets" inconvenience
caused to the former president, the Minister said.
The incident involving security screening took place on
September 29 at John F Kennedy Airport in New York when Kalam
was returning to India after delivering a lecture at Harvard
Krishna said Kalam, who does not fall under persons
exempted from security screening at US Airports, is, however,
extended courtesies by US authorities including escort and
private screening in keeping with his stature.
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