Kalam yet to receive apology from airline

Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam speaks to media on his arrival in Kochi on Wednesday night. PTI
“It is true that such a thing (frisking) has taken place,” Kalam told reporters in Kochi when asked whether he felt insulted on being subjected to a security check.

“The issue has been discussed in both Houses of Parliament. It is before the Parliament now. How can I comment?”, the 77-year-old former President, who is among those exempted from security checks at airports, said.

Kalam, who is on a visit to Kerala, said he is “yet to receive” an apology from the American airliner for breaching the protocol norms at the Delhi’s airport. “I have not yet received it,” said Kalam when asked about the apology sent by the airline.

When contacted, the airline said on Thursday that it had sent the apology letter to Kalam’s Delhi office as directed by his official staff and since the former President was travelling, his staff may not have been able to communicate to him about the letter. “We are waiting for him to return to Delhi so that we can apologise to the former president in person,” a spokesperson of the airline said in Delhi.

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