We want to apologise personally to Dr. Kalam: Continental Airlines

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New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Reacting to former president APJ Abdul Kalam's statement that he has not received any communication from Continental Airlines, the US-based airline today said that they want to apologise personally to him.

"Since he is not in Delhi, we are waiting for him to return so that we can apologise personally to Dr. Kalam," the airline said.

The development came shortly after Dr. Kalam said he is yet to receive an apology from the airlines for frisking him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in April this year.

Earlier, Continental Airlines had issued a public apology for subjecting Kalam to a security frisking at the airport prior to his boarding a US-bound flight of Continental Airlines on April 21.

Terming the incident as a case of misunderstanding, the airlines tendered an apology after the Government had filed an First Information Report (FIR) against it for breaching Indian aviation rules.

The case was registered after the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) approached the police against the staff of the American airliner for carrying out a pre-embarkation body check of Kalam, which it maintains, is in gross violation of a BCAS circular which exempts specified VVIPs/VIPs from security checks.

Continental Airlines had clarified that it didn't insult Kalam by frisking rather it was done following American aviation policy to frisk everyone, including VIPs and VVIPs.

The incident created a furore inside Parliament. (ANI)

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