New York City, N.Y.—

“Bah, humbug!” the New York Post reported. “A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.”

The man was to take American Airlines flight 1140 to Dallas, but his plans were cut short due to his anti-Christmas spirit. The gate agent wished passengers a “Merry Christmas,” while checking them in at the gate, but the unidentified man replied, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

The cheerful agent asked him, “Well, what should I say then?”

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man shouted. He then brushed past her rudely, according to the agent.

He boarded the plane and was again wished “Merry Christmas,” this time by a flight attendant.

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man yelled again, then proceeded to berate the attendants and pilot. The flight crew attempted to calm the irate passenger, but he continued to harass them and did not settle down.

Finally the crew escorted him off the plane while passengers cheered and applauded.

American Airlines did not respond to a request for comment.


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