An airline passenger at the New York City’s LaGuardia Airport was removed from a plane after losing his temper when greetings of Merry Christmas upset him.
According to the New York Post, the passenger was boarding American Airlines Flight 1140, which was heading to Dallas on Tuesday when one of the employees said Merry Christmas to him. The man started to lecture the employee about how saying Merry Christmas to everyone wasn’t appropriate, since not everyone celebrates the holiday.
Then when the passenger entered his plane, he was once again greeted with Merry Christmas by one of the flight attendants. Apparently, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“Don’t say, Merry Christmas!” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas.
The flight crew attempted to calm the man down, but to no avail. Eventually, the passenger was taken from the plane — at the cheers of fellow passengers.
One of the passengers, John Daly, was on the flight and didn’t think that the man was acting irately.
“He was not acting crazy, or in anyway cranky, but simply calmly explaining to cops why he got into an argument with the flight crew,” he said.
According to FlightAware, the plane didn’t leave LaGuardia until 40 minutes after its scheduled departure time.
It wasn’t stated whether the man was of another religious belief that didn’t observe the Christmas holiday. There are a lot of comments on this news story regarding how the man should have handled the matter. Some believe that you should be kind to those who give such greetings, even if you don’t celebrate the said holiday, while others understand the dismay of the passenger who may have felt offended.
In some cases, folks may not respond well to Merry Christmas because they simply don’t feel merry. Maybe they just lost a loved one or gone through a divorce. There’s a thin line between common etiquette and overstepping boundaries. Distinguishing between the two can be difficult when you’re dealing with people you don’t know.