Gov. Barbour Concerned About Ambassador Pat-Down

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour expressed concern on behalf of the state after India's Ambassador to the United States received a pat-down by airport security in Jackson last week.

In a statement Friday, Barbour assured Ambassador Meera Shankar that he has discussed the issue with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Transportation Security Administration. India's foreign minister said that this was the second time in three months that Shankar had undergone a pat-down at a U.S. airport.

Barbour says he wants TSA to change procedures to "help make our visitors feel welcome and safe."


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  • by Mw Location: County on Dec 14, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Why is any elected official, ambassador, etc.. above the law? What make the better than the people who elected/selected them for their position? They probably have more to hide than the average person! Some poor parent with a couple of toddlers try to get somewhere on a shoe-string budget is subject to checking, so should'nt the big-shots!! If they don't like it then they need to stay off public transportation!!
  • by Jackson Location: Stanford University on Dec 14, 2010 at 01:09 AM
    Erm... is everyone missing the point of diplomatic immunity? Like members of Congress, senior foreign diplomats (such as the Indian AMBASSADOR) are usually exempted from patdowns, etc, just as our ambassadors and Senators and the President himself are not searched in foreign countries.
  • by Jay Location: New Delhi on Dec 13, 2010 at 11:34 PM
    Jeniffer, your comments just show how ignorant you are, about international laws of the laws of your own country. The Indian government is not objecting to her getting searched as an ordinary citizen. There is an international charter which states that NO INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMAT can be stopped, searched or questioned at any airport, provided their diplomat status has been cleared. The authorities could have just checked he official status, once that is done they have no legal rights to detain or search her. Their actions were in clear violation of the international UN agreement.
  • by randy on Dec 13, 2010 at 08:02 PM
    We're all gonna be dead in 100 years anyway
  • by Jennifer Location: Meridian on Dec 13, 2010 at 06:51 PM
    So why should this diplomat get special treatment..She should be treated just like any other passenger who wishes to fly..She is not immune to being patted down just because she is from Indian..The next time I fly then I will wear Indian clothes and refuse to be patted down because that time I will be special as well!!! And MH, I am sure that they already do...If you were in Indian and broke one of their laws than they certainly would not feel compassion for you at all!!! Love it or leave it!!
  • by Mh Location: In on Dec 12, 2010 at 07:41 PM
    i hope indian security molests the american diplomats.
  • by Jimmy on Dec 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    Uh...Dianne, learn to read basic english. The ambassador is a female, not a man.
  • by Dianne Location: alabama on Dec 11, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    Well if he wants to come to the United States he's subject to the same regulations regular citizens of this country are. If he doesn't want to be treated the same he needs to stay in India.When it comes to national security no one should be exempt from pat downs or body searches.
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