Man with 453 piercings denied entry into Dubai
Rolf Buchholz has 453 piercings on his body, but does that mean he should be banned from a city?
Buchholz has 158 piercings around his mouth alone and has two horns implanted in his skull. Friday, he was on his way to appear at the Cirque le Soir nightclub in the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. Buchholz made it through immigration control at Dubai's airport but says he was then stopped on his way to pick up his luggage. An airport official wanted to check his passport once again. "In the end, I must go back to Germany ... they give no official reason ... the people who bring me to the airplane, they say they thought I was black magic."
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Emirates passenger planes are parked at their gates at Dubai airport in United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 8, 2014. The parent company of the Middle East's biggest airline, Emirates, posted an annual profit Thursday of $1.1 billion as it enjoyed a dip in fuel costs and boosted capacity with the addition of two dozen new planes. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
DUBAI, UAE - MAY 1: Passengers walk to the exit of Dubai International Airport terminal May 1, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the Middle East. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Passengers wait to board an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft parked at the new Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Dubai's airport authorities say a purpose-build concourse for Airbus' A380 aircraft is fully open after weeks of phased-in operations. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
German Rolf Buchholz shows his face with 168 piercings as he visits the 20th Tattoo Convention in Berlin on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. About 200 tattoo artists and around 300 exhibitors show their work at one of the greatest European Tattoo shows at the German capital. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
NBC says nightclub employees tried to work with airport officials to get permission for Buchholz to enter Dubai but were told he wasn't allowed in the country due to "security reasons." Officials at the airport put Buchholz on a flight to Istanbul, where he would take another flight back home to Germany. He tweeted: "On the way back home. Dubai I will never come back!!!"
But even hornless visitors have had issues with Dubai's authorities in recent months. In April, The National says the drummer for heavy metal band Scorpions was arrested and thrown in jail after authorities said he flashed his middle finger, swore and mooned a group of Muslims on his flight from Moscow to Bahrain.