Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been detained in airports 3 times in 7 years

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Bollywood Star Held At Airport For 3rd Time

On Thursday, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was detained at Los Angeles International Airport — a common experience for Muslims who dare ask a flight attendant for a soda or read a book about Syrian art.

Khan knew the drill: it marked his third time being detained at an airport in the last seven years, according to the Guardian.

"I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is," the actor wrote in a tweet about the incident. "But to be detained at U.S. immigration every damn time really, really sucks."

The Guardian reported that Khan was first detained in 2009 at Newark Airport for over two hours by U.S. immigration officials. But even after the backlash from fans and fellow actors over the wrongful detention, Khan was taken into custody again in 2012, again in New York.

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan speaks during an interview with Reuters at Madame Tussauds in London, Britain April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Actor Shah Rukh Khan performs on stage at the 2004 IIFA Awards in Singapore on 22 May 2004 (Photo by Y K Foo/WireImage)
New Delhi, INDIA: Indian film actor Shah Rukh Khan, the new host of television show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' which is based on the format of UK show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire', waves during a press conference in New Delhi, 04 December 2006. 'Kaun Banega Crorepati', India's biggest game show will be back on the television from January 2007 with new host, Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan who takes over from Bollywood star film actor Amitabh Bachchan. AFP PHOTO/ Manpreet ROMANA (Photo credit should read MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan (L) and Deepika Padukone (R), attend the world premiere screening of the film 'Om Shanti Om' 08 November 2007, in London's Leicester Square. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan (R) and his wife (C) pose with Rukh Khan's wax figure during its official presentation at the Grevin wax museum on April 28, 2008 in Paris. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER LABAN MATTEI (Photo credit should read OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA � NOVEMBER 20: Actors Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan and Koel Puri at the Cosmopolitan Fearless Female Awards 2009 in Mumbai on Friday, November 20, 2009. (Photo by Yogen Shah/India Today Group/Getty Images)
(Vl) Shah Rukh Khan + Kajol Devgan * Karan Johar Beim 'My Name Is Khan' Photocall Bei Der 60. Berlinale In Berlin (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan (R) and actress Dia Mirza (L) dance during 2011 International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards at the Roger Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on June 25, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) In this photograph taken on August 31, 2011, Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan greets well-wishers outside his residence during Eid al-Fitr in Mumbai. On October 9, 2011, Bollywood acting legend Shah Rukh Khan was drafted to boost efforts to cut thousands of easily-preventable deaths across the world through providing basic toilet facilities. The 45-year-old star has been named a global ambassador for better sanitation and hygiene as part of a United Nations-backed drive to cut diseases like diarrhoea, which is the second-biggest killer of children worldwide. AFP PHOTO/STR/ FILES (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan poses as he cuts a cake during his 46th birthday celebrations at his residence in Mumbai on November 2, 2011. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 5: Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan during the launch of TAG Heuers Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Special Edition to celebrate Carreras 50th anniversary on December 5, 2013 in New Delhi, India. The dial of the watch is inspired by the stopwatch on the dashboard of racing cars. (Photo by Raajesh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan poses for a photograph during a photocall for his 49th birthday celebrations at his home in Mumbai on November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan arrives for the Asian awards in central London on April 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan (L) and Kajol Devgn appear at a promotional event for their upcoming Hindi film 'Dilwale' in Mumbai on December 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA June 01 : Shah Rukh Khan Spotted At Olive Bar in Mumbai.(Photo by Milind Shelte/India Today Group/Getty Images)
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At the time, Khan reportedly said in a speech at Yale University, "Whenever I start feeling arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom."

Following Khan's most recent run-in with immigration officials, Nisha Biswal, the assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia, apologized for the hassle, saying even diplomats like herself get stopped on occasion.

U.S. Ambassador to India Rich Verma also chimed in with his condolences, promising to ensure it wouldn't happen again.

Kahn, though, had a sense of humor about the incident.

The actor tweeted, "The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokémons."


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