14 Nov 2011

Apology issued for frisking of former president

6:06 am on 14 November 2011

The United States has apologised to former President Abdul Kalam of India after he was frisked at an airport in New York.

The government in Delhi complained that security personnel frisked Mr Kalam both before and after he boarded an Air India aircraft at JFK airport on 29 September, and then briefly took away his jacket and shoes.

Protocol exempts former presidents and other dignitaries from such searches.

In a written apology, the US government said the appropriate procedures for screening dignitaries had not been followed in the incident.