Thai culture ministry said that foreign visitors should not be able to get Buddhist tattoos which disrespect religion. Thailand is mostly Buddhist, and Buddha statues and images are considered sacred objects of worship. The minister is concerned that tourists don't care about religion and are not aware that these tattoos can be offensive.
Transport Minister John Baird has ordered an investigation into whether airlines are enforcing rules that require staff to see the faces of passengers who board their flights. He said in a statement that there are procedures in place to verify the identity of anyone who has their face covered, adding the approach is consistent with international standards, regardless of culture or religion.