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Passenger Kicked Off: 'Merry Christmas' Wish Irritates Flier

By    |   Friday, 26 Dec 2014 03:07 PM

An American Airlines passenger was kicked off a flight from New York to Dallas Tuesday after he threw a fit when several employees wished him “Merry Christmas.”

The passenger, who wasn’t identified, apparently was greeted with a “Merry Christmas” by an airline employee at the gate. He told her, "You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas," the New York Post reported.

When she asked him what she should say instead, the man replied, “Don’t say ‘Merry Christmas.’”

But when the passenger got on board the plane, he was again greeted with the phrase that apparently sends him over the edge. This time, though, he began ranting and wouldn’t settle down even as the crew tried to calm him, the Post said.

When he was escorted from the plane, the other passengers apparently burst into applause, the Post said.

The battle between those who say “Happy Holidays” and those who say “Merry Christmas” has continued this year, with numerous posts and commentaries online about the issue. Many have even labeled it a “war on Christmas.”

A Pew Research study last year found that, when given a choice between “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” 57 percent of respondents chose the more religious greeting. Some added that they didn’t care.

But when respondents were asked their preference of three options — Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or “it doesn’t matter” — 46 percent said it doesn’t really matter to them, Pew data showed.

That middle-of-the-road attitude has showed up a lot online:





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