The actor who was on his way to attend an Independence day celebrations in Chicago was held by the airport authorities during the transit.
Khan was reportedly questioned for two hours. He was allowed only one phone call during the detention and was let off after the Indian embassy's intervention, reports CNN-IBN.
Shah Rukh Khan or SRK is easily one of the most recognised faces of Indian cinema and has grown into a global icon in the recent times.
This comes after the recent up roar in India over US airliner, Continental Airlines making the former President of India, Abdul Kalam go through a humiliating security check in spite of him being in the list of VIPs who are exempted from such checks.
The American travel and security authority contended that the security in airports and airliners have been tightened post the 9/11 attacks and that no one will be exempted from being checked.