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Airport officer told me to take off

Azad on Sunday claimed that airport authorities “harassed” him,alleging that there was an item in his luggage which was explosive

Having encountered a nightmarish experience at the Heathrow Airport in London on Saturday,former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad is yet come to terms with the ordeal that he along with his wife and son had to encounter before taking a flight back home.

Azad on Sunday claimed that airport authorities “harassed” him,alleging that there was an item in his luggage which was explosive in nature. “I was dumbfounded when I was taken to a separate room for questioning and the duty officer told me to take off my clothes for frisking. I told them that I carry a diplomatic passport and if they indeed want to do this,they will have to forcibly take off my clothes,” an angry Azad told PTI on Sunday. “I was absolutely stunned when they alleged that there is a hint of explosives in my check-in luggage. There was a bottle of mineral water which my wife had inadvertently kept in the bag. In fact,I told the security officer that you can throw the bottle away. He had a look at my passport and then after consultation with his senior informed me that there is hint of explosives in my bag.”

Azad said that this entire episode went on for about an hour and 45 minutes and finally he boarded the flight at 12:30 pm London time.