Adam C. Pearson is a creative guy. He’s what you call a food preparation artist, so I imagine he’s pretty good at thinking outside the box. That’s probably why his arms appear covered in tattoos from the knuckles of his hands all the way up to where his arms disappear beneath his shirt sleeves. It’s Pearson’s distinctive tattoos that landed him in a bit of trouble. Adam Pearson was removed from a Delta Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Memphis, Tennessee, based on passenger complaints about his tattoos. Apparently, tattoos are now considered suspicious behavior.
“I was just shocked,” Pearson told the LA Times in a post-flight interview. “All eyes were on me, I felt everyone staring at me and I was like, ‘I didn’t do anything.’ “ Pearson’s complaints on Twitter are what drew national attention to his story, though he’s not terribly mad at Delta. “A public apology would be nice. I’m not out for blood… but why didn’t they offer to book that other person on another flight if they didn’t like my tattoos? Why was that other person more important than me?”
Pearson was questioned by security after being pulled from the airplane. He was briefly detained, then allowed to return to his seat after a second round of security. Here’s my question. This guy was patted down, sent through the naked scanner, and was no doubt searched as well as he could possibly be, yet he was still pulled off an airplane because he has his childhood nickname, “Atom Bomb,” tattooed on his knuckles. What’s he going to do, peel his tattoos off and make them into a hand grenade?
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