An overly-sensitive passenger was booted off a commercial flight at New York’s LaGuardia Airport Tuesday when he flipped out after being cheerfully greeted by American Airlines personnel with the phrase, “Merry Christmas.”
A grinch, perhaps?
While many businesses are waging what Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly calls a “war on Christmas” through the use of the politically correct “Happy Holidays” in lieu of “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah” as far as that goes), American Airlines seems to be sticking to tradition, according to the New York Post, which reported:
The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes.
The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”
“Well, what should I say then?” asked the shocked agent.
“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the passenger sneereded as he brushed by.
That probably would have been the end of it except for one thing — he was offered the same cheerful greeting by yet another smiling American Airlines employee once he boarded his flight.
After a flight attendant wished him the traditional Yuletide greeting, he began lecturing and berating both her and the pilot standing beside her after raging once again, “Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ”
After attempts to calm the unidentified man down were unsuccessful, he was escorted off the flight, “as other fliers burst into cheers and applause,” the Post reported.
Something tells me American is about to be O’Reilly’s carrier of choice.