Glenn Beck Boycott: American Airlines In The HotseatBy: Amanda Crum - September 5, 2012
Glenn Beck isn’t known for keeping his opinions to himself, so when he’s 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 wasn’t the first person to give Beck grief during that trip; he was also treated rudely in two different restaurants, and feels he didn’t do anything to invite those actions other than be himself. That conclusion was driven home when he realized the attendant hadn’t treated Beck’s 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 won’t 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.
I am investigating whether I am going to do another hour on @americanair.