The incident occurred during the group's first flight to America way back when.
“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,” he revealed to the Evening Standard.
So wait, someone had specifically registered his name as a safety risk?
“When I landed, it was like a movie,” said Malik. “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.”
Despite the infuriating situation, Zayn went on to say that he kinda understands why security is so hardcore.
“I understand the level of caution that needs to be taken, especially now, in the light of certain events at home,” he says.
“I don’t think there’s any benefit to getting angry – it’s something that comes with the climate. I understand why they’ve got to do it.”