The event had happened at New York’s John F Kennedy airport on September 29. Security personnel hit Kalam down before he was allowed aboard an Air India flight.
Then, they tried to frisk him once again; he was seated saying they had forgotten to check his jacket and shoes for explosives.
In April 2009, Kalam had been frisked by officials of US airliner Continental Airlines regardless of the fact that his name featured in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security’s list of people let off from security checks in India. As per the US law, merely current cabinet ministers are let off from security screening.
The Ministry of External Affairs has reacted, saying that “Under US law only cabinet ministers are exempt from security screening. Mr. Kalam was accorded due to courtesies at the airport. He was escorted to a private screening area.”