Governor Barbour speaks to India's Ambassador about pat-down - - Jackson, MS

Governor Barbour speaks to India's Ambassador about pat-down

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Governor Haley Barbour says he has spoken with India's Ambassador to the United States and expressed concern on behalf of his state for the pat-down she received from airport security in Jackson last week.

He issued a statement Friday that says in part " I assured the ambassador that I have taken up the issue with the TSA and with secretary of Homeland Security Janet Nepolitano. I hope to see whatever necessary procedural changes made within TSA that make our visitors feel welcome and safe in the hospitality state," Governor Barbour said.

Ambassador Meera Shankar was in the Magnolia State for several visits. The TSA  says diplomats are not exempt from searches. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also having the state department look into the incident.

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