Veteran British actress Joan Collins suffered a scare on a recent trip to the U.S. when she was held at an airport security checkpoint after officials were unable to scan her fingerprints.

The Dynasty star blames the mishap on the moisturiser she applied to her hands during the flight, and admits she felt like a criminal as she was interrogated.

In an article for The Spectator, she writes, "I have rarely - if ever - had any problems with U.S. immigration, until last month. Because I apply moisturiser on long trips, quite liberally, my hands were covered with lotion at the border control counter, which meant my fingers didn't make a strong enough impression on the fingerprint scanner.

"My immigration form came out of the printer with a large and very ominous X on it. This alarmed the official... He made me take off my hat and glasses and peered at me. I felt like a criminal caught at the border while trying to immigrate into the U.S. illegally. He cross-examined me ruthlessly - 'What do you do?' 'Why are you here?' 'What are your plans in this country?'

"Several other officers were called over to discuss me; my passport was inspected thoroughly and scanned time after time. That was a lot of fun after a 10-hour trip from Heathrow, and all because I moisturise."