By now you have probably heard that when Joel Madden and Nicole Richie were attempting to board a flight from London to Lisbon over the weekend, a British Airways representative told him he would need to cover his tattoos or stay in London. You have to give Joel a whole bunch of credit for not playing the “Don't you know who I am,” card.
Instead the most he did was say that he was going to write a letter to British Airways and definitely not ever fly them again. He never lost his cool and never threw anything at anyone. He didn't yell and this is despite the fact that “i was embarrrassed all the people were staring and laughing! its not in the rules that i can find.my tatts arent offensive. looking into it. i havent felt this small since the first time i asked nic out.”
I find it hard to believe that people were laughing, except maybe at the British Airways staff, or at the spelling in Joel's Twitter post. I'm sure people were staring and it probably had nothing to do with it being Joel and Nicole. I know I would be staring if some person at BA was telling some person to cover up their tattoos or they would be denied boarding.
I watched that show Airline and I think I saw every possible way you could be denied boarding, and having tattoos wasn't one of them. For their part, BA said the person who told Joel Madden he couldn't board has been disciplined and that BA has no policy against showing tattoos.
So, would this person have made David Beckham cover his tattoos?