No free pass to celebrities, VIPs at US airports

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  1. sobore
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    Against the backdrop of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's detention at a New York airport, the US has ruled out any special screening for VIPs and celebrities unless they have diplomatic exemption, but said it is in talks with several countries to facilitate hassle-free immigration procedures.

    India is, however, not among those countries with which the US is having such negotiations. But, announcement in this regard with South Korea is expected soon, custom officials said on Thursday. "I'm not aware of anything right now," John Wagner, Executive Director of Admissibility and Passenger Programmes with the US Customs and Border Protection, told foreign journalists when asked if the US was holding any talks with India to facilitate quick and hassle-free immigration procedures for people coming from India.

    However, US citizens and those holding permanent residency can apply under the "Global Entry" programme, under which once cleared by the federal authorities, an individual would not have to go through the immigration officer, but would have to use the services of a touch-screen kiosk to enter the country.

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    Might bring some back down to Earth with the rest of us...although, with GE, I tend to get through US CBP quickly. ;)
     
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    Once they start detaining American stars, we can talk about "no" VIP treatment. How long was Alec Baldwin detained for?
     
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    What's a celebrity? It's a big world, and just because someone's a bit famous in one country doesn't mean everyone in the world knows them and should have to roll out the red immigration carpet. I keep hearing about that Kardashian person and some Snooki "lady" -- do they deserve special treatment?
     
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