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Man told to cover military tattoo

MANCHESTER, England, March 2 (UPI) -- A former member of Britain's Royal Marines said an airport worker told him to cover his "offensive" commando dagger tattoo.

Paul Fairclough, 29, a former medic who served in Iraq and Kosovo, said a female security worker at London's Heathrow Airport approached him after he removed his jacket at a checkpoint and said he would have to cover the 12-inch dagger tattoo on his arm, The Sun reported Tuesday.

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"I explained it was my old regiment's insignia," he said. "She said it made no difference. They had a policy that tattoos of offensive weapons must not be on show."

Fairclough, who said the confrontation left him feeling "insulted and angry," complained to an airport supervisor who told him the military tattoo was allowed and only gang tattoos were required to be covered. He continued on his flight to Manchester, England.

A British Airports Authority spokesman later apologized for the incident.

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