The former One Direction vocalist Zayn Malik who is trying to make his mark in the industry as a solo artist, revealed in a recent interview how he was interrogated at US airports only because he was Muslim.
According to Zayn, he was only 17 when he first visited America, and was interrogated twice while he was still part of the dream boy quintet.
In the interview, Zayn talked about the incidents and said that he was subjected to undergo questioning and “further processing” due to his name and ethnicity as he was raised as a Muslim.
“The first time I came to America, I had three security checks before I got on the plane; first they said that I’d been randomly selected, and then they said it was something to do with my name, it was flagging something on their system,” said Zayn.
He added, “Then when I landed, it was like a movie. They kept me there for three hours, questioning me about all kinds of crazy stuff. I was 17, my first time in America, jet-lagged off the plane, confused. The same thing happened the next time too.”