U.S. airliner apologizes to former Indian president for frisking incident.


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1U.S. airliner apologizes to former Indian president for frisking incident .
2A day after the Indian government issued a show cause notice to the U.S. air company Continental Airlines for `` breaching protocol '' , the airliner Wednesday took a U-turn by apologizing to the country 's former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for frisking him before boarding its flight at Indira Gandhi International Airport three months ago .
3`` Continental Airlines apologizes to Dr. Kalam for any misunderstanding and -LRB- or -RRB- inconvenience related to the security screening on April 21 .
4Our intention was never to offend Dr. Kalam or the sentiments of the people of India .
5Continental Airlines takes great pride and is honored to have flown a respectable leader such as Kalam , '' the U.S. airlines said in a statement .
6The statement came in the wake of a political uproar in the country over the frisking of the former president when he was boarding a U.S.-bound flight .
7Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel had described the act as `` unpardonable '' and assured `` corrective action '' .
8Continental Airlines Tuesday justified its act , saying there could be no exception to security frisking of its passengers .
9A highly respected nuclear scientist and intellectual , Kalam was reportedly so angered by the rudeness of U.S. air agents that he refused to comment on this incident and only let it known recently .