(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The traveling public has learned a lot of new rules for behavior and things to say -- and to not say -- when boarding an aircraft. Tattoos may also fall under the post 9/11 sensitivity to airline security safety. Social media went wild this weekend after noted food stylist Adam C. Pearson was ushered to the front of a Delta Airlines flight when another passenger expressed concern about the tattoos on his fingers.
Pearson says the letters spelling out "Atom Bomb" refer to a childhood nickname and he was surprised by the flight attendant's request Saturday that he leave his seat. He was allowed to continue on the flight after explaining the tattoos. When the plane landed in Memphis, Pearson discovered that a brief message he sent over Twitter just before takeoff had sparked a huge response.
Delta told Pearson the incident would be looked into.
Pearson is quoted in the Los Angeles Times saying a public apology would be nice. "I'm not out for blood," he said.
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