Tuesday, September 15, 2015

US airports will now treat 2,000 Indians as VVIPS

New Delhi: Remember how former president APJ Abdul Kalam and film star Shah Rukh Khan were subjected to embarrassing pat-down searches while travelling to the US? Well, the harrowing experience of going through stringent security drills at US airports will soon become a thing of the past for a select group of Indian celebrities and important personalities.
The Indian government will come up with a list of nearly 2,000 important personalities who will be allowed hassle-free immigration at US airports. Sources said the first batch of people that will be given the facility includes former President Pratibha Patil, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani and film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. Their names came up when officials of two countries met in New Delhi last month to discuss the modalities of the system that will make India a part of US global entry programme that ensures smooth entry in the country, bypassing long immigration queues and waiting for hours during security checks.
The Global Entry, a US Customs and Border Protection programme, allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States.
So far, citizens of seven countries get the benefits of America's Global Entry programme. The countries are the Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, Germany, Peru, Mexico and Canada.
In order to be part of the Global entry programme, one should not have any criminal record or be connected with any kind of economic offence.
15/09/15 Abhishek Bhalla/Mail Today
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