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Old 12-26-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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There are also others who do not celebrate either Christmas or Hanukkah.
To each their own. I'm certainly not offended by someone wishing me a Happy :insert name of holiday here:. I take it as a sentiment of good cheer.
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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There are also others who do not celebrate either Christmas or Hanukkah.
So what? Their rights do not supersede mine or anyone else's.

Besides, if simply being told Merry Christmas makes your blood boil to the point of a DEFCON 5 freakout, you really should seriously consider getting a CAT scan. Maybe the flight attendant should have just punched him in the mouth instead.

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To each their own. I'm certainly not offended by someone wishing me a Happy :insert name of holiday here:. I take it as a sentiment of good cheer.
It is. Only a complete idiot or total nutjobber would think otherwise.
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Old 12-26-2014, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Whether it's appropriate or not, if someone wishes someone else "Merry Christmas," the correct response is "Thank You." Because whether one celebrates the holiday or not, they should recognize the intent behind the statement, which is simply to wish someone well.
That is exactly right. And had they said, "Happy Holidays" instead he likely would have thrown a fit over that, too. The man just wanted a reason to be an a---h---.
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Old 12-26-2014, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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I was surprised they were wishing people a Merry Christmas in the first place since they are in a business with a wide range of diversity. The passenger obviously overreacted and if I would have been him, I would simply have smiled and let it go. I find both the airline and the passenger at fault in this case.
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Old 12-26-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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This man is an example of almost everything that's wrong with this country. Rude, obnoxious, self-entitled, mean-spirited, and so individualistic and antipathetic toward our tradition and heritage, seeking instead to replace it with something else more to his soulless liking. That he takes offense to such an innocuous display of goodwill toward a stranger in accordance with the Christmas spirit is evidence of his hatred for our heritage. And his sorry, self-entitled attitude which he thinks gives him the right to berate others goes hand-in-hand with his cynicism and his evident preference for rootlessness over heritage and traditional values. This man is representative of what the soulless character globalism entails. I'm glad he was booted from the flight. If only we could boot him from our land as well. What a shameful excuse for an American.
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Old 12-27-2014, 03:04 AM
 
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There are probably times in theory where it's a good idea to get into it with a flight crew, though I can't think of a single one right now, and this definitely wasn't it.
If the airplane appears to be on fire, I might… and once did…

otherwise Merry Christmas to you.
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Old 12-27-2014, 03:52 AM
 
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So what? Their rights do not supersede mine or anyone else's.

Besides, if simply being told Merry Christmas makes your blood boil to the point of a DEFCON 5 freakout, you really should seriously consider getting a CAT scan. Maybe the flight attendant should have just punched him in the mouth instead.



It is. Only a complete idiot or total nutjobber would think otherwise.
You completely missed longnecker's point. He never said that anyone is right in reacting this way to a simple "Merry Christmas". All he implied was that there are better things for a flight attendant to say than the two options mentioned ("Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah"). The obvious one being "Happy Holidays".

Everyone agrees that this passenger was out of line.
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Old 12-27-2014, 03:54 AM
 
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I was surprised they were wishing people a Merry Christmas in the first place since they are in a business with a wide range of diversity. The passenger obviously overreacted and if I would have been him, I would simply have smiled and let it go. I find both the airline and the passenger at fault in this case.
Well, it's hard not to blame both. As another poster put it in another thread on the topic, the flight attendant's job is to accommodate each individual. But most of the blame goes towards the passenger. There were several passengers on that plane that don't celebrate Christmas and were likely offended or puzzled. But only one unreasonable passenger lashed out.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Austin
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Silly passenger & silly airline!
Idiot passenger and competent airline.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Austin
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There were several passengers on that plane that don't celebrate Christmas and were likely offended or puzzled.
Why would any normal adult be offended by someone saying "Merry Christmas"?
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