Kalam wants to forget his frisking in US

Patna: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam today dismissed yet again his frisking by US security officials at JFK Airport in New York recently.

"Forget it," was his cryptic reply to a query by a mediaperson outside the state assembly annexe where he attended a seminar. Kalam was twice frisked at the JFK Airport by security officials who even took off his jacket and shoes to check for explosives before he was to board an Air India flight on September 29.

The US authorities later apologised to Kalam for the incident after India protested the matter at the highest level. Kalam was also frisked by officials of US airliner Continental Airlines in April, 2009, despite his name featuring in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security`s list of people exempt from such checks in India.