Joel Madden hits out at British Airlines after ‘cover-up tattoo’ row

April 28th, 2009 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Nicole Richie London, Apr 28 (ANI): Good Charlotte star Joel Madden has hit out at British Airlines’ workers after he was banned from boarding a plane until he covered up his tattoos.

Madden, 30, who was preparing to fly from Chicago, Illinois’ O’Hare International Airport to London to film a new music video, was told by the airline’s officials that he had to hide the tattoos on his arms before boarding.

Frustrated and stunned by their actions the singer decided to vent his anger on social networking site Twitter.com.

“Was just told by a british air person I can’t get on the plane till I cover my tatts. Should I fight the power?” the Daily Star quoted him as writing.

“I really actually am in shock, he won’t let me on the plane till I put long sleeves on and another BA rep is disagreeing,” he wrote.

Madden later acknowledged he had given in to the demands - but planned to complain to company bosses over his treatment.

“I still can’t believe Brit Air discriminated me for tatts. Unheard of. the guy was literally disgusted by me. I’m gonna write a letter!!” he said.

“I did end up covering my tats. It’s not my style to cause a scene, I just had a convo with the BA guy, told him how it was discrimination.

“Yes I covered up to board the BA flight. I didn’t want to miss it. And honestly I was embarrassed all the people were staring and laughing!

“It’s 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 (partner Nicole Richie) out,” he added. (ANI)

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