Bachchan, Shah Rukh won’t have to stand in queues at US airports

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NEW DELHI: Shah Rukh Khan won’t have to face embarrassing frisking at the US airports anymore as his name is going to be included in US ‘Global Entry Program’ for expedited immigration clearance.

Names including Mukesh Ambani, Gautam Adani, Amitabh Bachchan andformer Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are going to be included in the program.

Khan was earlier stopped at a US Airport after his name matched that of a person on the watch list, prompting diplomatic intervention in the matter.

The personalities won’t have to stand in a queue and head for an automated and designated ‘Global Entry Program’ counters at US airports.

Officials from both countries held a meeting recently to finalise a list of prominent personalities and India is planning to finalise a list of over 2,000 persons. Once decided, special cards will be issued to them.

The approved names would be able to enter the US through automatic kiosks at select airports, present their machine-readable passport or US permanent resident card at the kiosks, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration before collecting their baggage and exit.

Countries like Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, Germany, Peru, Mexico and Canada are included in America’s Global Entry Program.

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