Skip to comments.Glenn Beck Boycott: American Airlines In The Hotseat
Posted on 09/05/2012 5:36:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Glenn Beck isnt known for keeping his opinions to himself, so when hes unhappy with a service, the people in charge are going to know about it.
Beck says he was treated rudely on an American Airlines flight recently just because of who he is, and that the flight attendant refused to open his drink for him or speak politely even though that courtesy was given to every other passenger.
My flight attendant nearly ‑‑ merely barked the word breakfast when he came to me, he said on his show. When others were politely asked if they cared for anything to eat and given the choices, I was just barked at. When he delivered a soda, he slammed it down so hard, I hesitated to even open the can for fear that it would spray all over other passengers in the cabin. By the way, the other passengers, nobody else had to open their can. He opened it and poured it for them. Never once did he look me in the eye. Never once did he offer a kind or even a neutral word to me. I had service unlike I have never had ever before in my life, and I have had rude service before. I lived in New York City. I have never had service that was specifically designed to make me feel subhuman. Oh, I had it. He put on quite a show as he fawned over the other passengers proudly and loudly performing his life story about being a former Israeli soldier and how he was so proud of the very liberal cities in America.
Apparently the flight attendant wasnt the first person to give Beck grief during that trip; he was also treated rudely in two different restaurants, and feels he didnt do anything to invite those actions other than be himself. That conclusion was driven home when he realized the attendant hadnt treated Becks family the same way.
While he treated me as a subhuman, he treated my children nicely. So as I was deplaning, as he was standing next to the pilot, I said to him, I want to sincerely thank you for not treating my children the way you treated me. His response? It was my pleasure. You deserved it.
American Airlines has reached out to Beck via Twitter and says they are taking his experience very seriously, but Beck says he wont be back.
My family will never choose American Airlines again if this is the kind of people that American Airlines likes to hire, Beck said.
(TWEET GRAPHICS AT LINK)
Glenn Beck @glennbeck
I am investigating whether I am going to do another hour on @americanair.
Key word describing the flight attendant: “he”
So he was treated rudely by flight attendants, just like the rest of us.
This is the last thing that American Airlines need when they are trying to prevent a takeover from US Air...
Glen’s a Mormon, right?
So obviously Atty Gen Holder will file a discrimination suit on his behalf, right?
Then maybe they should supervise and/or train their employees better. Did that guy actually think that Glenn Beck, who is second only to Rush Limbaugh on the radio and has a pretty vast media empire, would just “take it” and not push-back? Or was he trying to sabotage his own company for some reason? One-third of the people in this society listen to Beck. Tuff t*tty about that takeover thingee.
Kicking that Downs Syndrome kid off a flight isn’t going to help them either. I could see a certain Mrs. Palin ripping a strip of hide out of them.
The flight attendant sounds lite in the loafers, so it’ll probably be the other way around. A twofer, in Eric’s world.
“he” is probably a raging muddmover.
Didn’t hear about that incident.
Hmm. I have been flying since 1953 (on a DC7) and have never yet been treated rudely by a flight attendant. In fact one of them in the late 70's invited me to go home with her.
Maybe you have some kind of personal problem...
I’m guessing when the dust clears, it will turn out the flight attendant was a homosexual having a hissy fit.
I agree... Tuff titty... It is AA fault..
Me either - not once have ever been treated badly by a flight attendant .....
“Hatred of the good for being the good” is a subject covered by Ayn Rand. See it at http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/envy-hatred_of_the_good_for_being_the_good.html
Well, here’s hoping it costs the little bas***d his job. My wife tells the story of her and her father receiving horrific and rude service in a restaurant. He left a penny and a note on the table which read: “Every waitress deserves a tip. Here’s yours. Find a new profession.”
Fly the surley skies!
“In fact one of them in the late 70’s invited me to go home with her.”
I’m impressed she was still frisky at that age.
(BTW - I agree with you, never been treated poorly myself either.)
“Key word describing the flight attendant: he”
There is just nothing good I can say about them.
I've never been treated as anything more than a valued customer. I've certainly seen travelers treat flight crews poorly, but in my view, most people get the service they deserve...
Wow, that flight attendant should just be happy to have a job. I hope they fire him, tons are in line to greatfully take his place.
Wow, I was just explaining this to a friend of mine yesterday. “The hatred of the good for being good”. In fact, I’m going to forward this link to her. Thanks for posting. I don’t know why I didn’t think of using the lexicon.
You are special then, especially because of you ever so nice invitation.
In the olden days, the airline provided great customer service that is true, the last few years there is no customer service.
Having said that, an exception would be flying internationally, always great service.
That is why AA is in bankruptcy and soon to be brought by US Airways..
American Airlines will not be able to fire the flight attendent who was rude to Beck. He is a homosexual and a union member which means he is untouchable. When AA goes out of business, let it be a lesson to all airlines not to hire sodomites and to fight unions tooth and nail.
I worked in a major hospital in a large city for many years.My experience was that a substantial percentage of the male nurses were of "a different persuasion".Not all,but many....very probably the majority.
I'll wager that the same is true of male stewardesses.
I thought if an airline was in bankruptcy that union contracts could be abrogated. When Frank Lorenzo was on his airline-buying binge back in the 80’s he routinely took an airline he bought into CH11 just to bust the unions.
AA is in bankruptcy...
“Untouchable” can mean different things to different people, no?
Same here...the Eastern Shuttle to NYC with my Dad.I was a kid but was old enough to have seen,and understood,all the stories about fatal crashes of Electras.I was scared out of my mind.
I completely agree with you. International is typically fantastic. I was little in the last of the good ol’ days, but I remember when flying was glamorous. Now, I don’t like any airline besides SW. SW are always nice.
For the people who immediately accuse the customers of having done something, yeah, just sitting there quietly, obeying all of their millions of rules, never use electronics or anything. I didn’t notice my seat on Delta was a millimeter back. I really deserved being slapped on the back of the seat that hit my head. I have lots of other stories like that. But yeah, it must be completely my fault.
Airline hosts and hostesses used to be called stewards and stewardesses. Why did they agree to be called by the less prestigious term “flight attendant”?
“Steward” and “stewardess” implies a sense of responsibility for those in one’s care. On the other hand, “flight attendant” has the same ring as “gas station attendant.”
And hotel employees, waiters, and any form of show biz.
So obviously Atty Gen Holder will file a discrimination suit on his behalf, right?
Went on an old Connie at the KC airport back in the 90’s. Luxurious, but tiny interior based on our standards.
Wait....AA tweeted Beck to apologize ?
They didn’t call his staff or send a email correspondence to resolve the issue...
I think they have a bigger problem than a jackass for a flight attendant...
In 1991 My wife & I were flying Continental Airlines to Cancun. This young male flight attendant was cutting up & joking a mile a minute. Actually entertaining.
In the seat in front of us were two elderly ladies. One asked him if he missed his family, flying all the time. He replied, “Ma’am, I’m not married!”
She pointed to the wedding band on his left hand. He said,
“Oh, that’s my `fag deflector’!” In the shocked silence that followed he explained, “There are a lot of fags in the airline industry. This helps keep me safe.”
Anyway, Glenn is up against the Gaystapo. A/A’s higher ups are too, and completely PW’d, IMO. Or is that FW’d?
Didn’t Lockheed spend millions fixing that problem? Since those first crashes due to fatigue and whirl mode Electras have had an exemplary safety record and the military version, (P-3 Orion), is still in service.
Ever read Robert Serling’s, (Yep, the brother of TV’s Rod), book on the crashes and how they solved the mystery, “The Electra Story”?
I've been treated poorly on occasion, but it was always from other females (and they looked pretty stressed out to me). At no time was I even interacting with them; they took time out of their busy flight attendant schedule to go out of their way to harass me. I defused their ferocity, it's one of my specialties, but I'll never understand why some women treat other women so poorly and then turn around and fawn over some man.
Unless they’ve changed since I flew on them, Korean Air Lines (KAL) is exceptional. I merely had to think or wish for something and **poof** there it was, as if by magic, brought by a stewardess who could be a runway model easily.
Now Flying Tiger, on the other hand...
Flying since 1957 trip home from Basic Training, Augusta, GA to Harrisburg, PA. A few months later, to Seattle on a DC-7C to ship out to Japan. Never been dissed by an attendant. In May I flew back to PA on SWA from fishing in Ft. Myers, FL. The pretty and very sweet black attendant offered me pretzels as my snack.
When I grasped her upper arm (I’m 73 years old) she stooped over to hear what I wanted to say...which was to ask if she had something else because I HATE pretzels. She took off up the aisle and returned with 10 packets of the best little cookies one could ask for. I told her, “Thanks so much, You’re a doll.”
About 10 minutes later, after her crew finished serving everyone, she came back again with another handful! ;oD
My first flight was on a DC-8 from Denver to New York’s Idlewild Airport, with a stopover in Chicago, in late August, 1961. When we boarded, the stewardesses passed out packs of cigarettes to the passengers—it was a different world then.
My second flight was from McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey to Frankfurt, Germany, aboard a US Overseas Airlines DC-6 on the last day of August, 1961. It was a 19-hour flight that included a stopover in Gander, Newfoundland.
My fatherIL, flew freight for Flying Tigers.
No sure if that’s what you meant, ‘-)
Flew on a World Airways Super Connie from Japan in 1958.
So noisy you couldn’t hear yourself speak. The crockery on one’s food tray `walked’ around like a fan. I was a nine year old kid & having a ball until I looked out the window & the #3 engine was feathered, help! I could read the oval decal on the propeller blades. Landed safely, of course. The brochure even said the aircraft could fly level on any two of its four engines.
One beautiful airplane.
Anyway, Glenn is going to get his pound of flesh. As was said in earlier times, never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.
” In fact one of them in the late 70’s invited me to go home with her.”
Bwaaaa! My family was flying back from Hawaii, Christmas Day, 1972. 5 people on the plane. My family of four, and Ed Asner. He walked back from first class looking for someone to fawn over him. My Dad didn’t even acknowledge his existence! Yeah Dad! Miss you and love you! I headed back to where the stewardesses were swilling champagne. Got that invite! Missed my connection from Chicago to Milwaukee. And,,,, it was “double trouble!” Great trip! Wonderful Christmas present!
And, now some airlines are planning on making the seats even smaller and fit more in a flight. Argh!
And don't forget male figure skaters. ;-)
“So he was treated rudely by flight attendants, just like the rest of us.”
I have never been treated that poorly, and I fly regularly.