Originally posted by return_to_hades
My opinions are biased because I am a huge fan of Shahrukh Khan.
The airport security has a job to conduct checks, and this issue has indeed become bigger than it deserves. Yet, I do not think it is a publicity stunt. Not that Shahrukh does not want publicity for his film, of course he does. But, Shahrukh is a hugely popular celebrity. He is a celebrity constantly under scrutiny and has reached a phase in stardom where such a stunt is way below that level. Besides, being a celebrity who attempts to or at least claims to avoid controversy, this would be counter productive. It would be counterproductive no matter what because even fans would agree such publicity is a cheap trick.
Now while I wholeheartedly agree that security is just doing their job, I have to state that the current system is inefficient, illogical and ludicrous. Everyone goes through random security checks; but a two hour grill is supposed to be reserved for the highly suspicious. The problem is not that someone had to go through security, but the fact that they had to go through illogical security. For me it is not a big deal that Shahrukh had to go through security - but the fact that why do thousands of innocent people have to endure this quietly every time as a part of travel. Its not a big deal that people are being frisked or questioned, but the fact that most who are belong or appear to be of a certain ethnicity or national origin. Its not the fact that they detained Shahrukh bothers me - its the fact that we claim to have 'intelligence'. Intelligence that could not determine that they were detaining a celebrity, and had the person vouched for by a third party over the phone.
I hate Newark, O'Hare, Heathrow, LAX and all the likes. Third class rail travel in India is more pleasant. People claim that small towns are narrow minded and backward - but, I prefer to travel through small midwestern airports in the puddle jumpers. The security staff is also so nice, they will have a coffee with you on break - unlike those discriminating race traitors at the biggies.
Exactly that's what I was telling vinu ji