Indian VVIPs, including film celebrities, industrialists, former presidents and prime ministers will now be exempted from immigration checks at US airports as part of an agreement between the two countries, according to reports.
India and the US have reportedly decided to finalise a list of important personalities from either side to allow faster clearance for low-risk travellers arriving at their respective airports.
From the Indian side, the no-frisk list includes actors Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani, former president Pratibha Patil and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, among others.
The VVIPs will have to undergo a background check and will be issued special cards, following which can enter the US through automatic kiosks at select airports and complete customs declaration without having to wait in line for a physical immigration clearance.
Earlier, late former president APJ Abdul Kalam and Shah Rukh Khan were subjected to embarrassing frisking at US airports.