In a story that looks like fodder for Todd Starnes, an unidentified man was kicked off of an American Airlines flight earlier this week after he caused a ruckus. The reason? The flight attendants wished him “Merry Christmas.”
The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”
The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”
“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man shouted before brushing past her.
Once on the plane, he was warmly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas.” That was the last straw.
The man got more belligerent after that and was quickly booted from the plane, to the delight of the other passengers.
I don’t know what this guy’s religious background was (am I allowed to pray that he wasn’t an atheist?), but I’ll go ahead and state the obvious: He’s an asshole. We rightfully criticize those Christians who get offended when someone says “Happy Holidays” to them in a retail store. For the same reason, this guy deserved his punishment for taking a sweet gesture and blowing it way out of proportion.
It’s not like the airline staff said “If you don’t believe in Jesus, there’s something wrong with you.” They said something that most sensible people would understand is just a pleasantry, not too different from saying “Have a nice day.” You accept it, return the gesture if you want, and move on — not cause a scene because you chose to interpret it in the worst possible way.