Guy Grumpy Over Christmas Greeting Thrown Off Plane
Would-be flier didn't like being wished 'merry Christmas'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2014 12:01 PM CST
American Airlines flight 1770 from Atlanta, left, arrives at Philadelphia International Airport wearing the new paint job on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Exton, Pa.   (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez)

(Newser) – You may not like it when people wish you "Merry Christmas," but if you're traveling today, you may want to try not to lose your temper over it. One man in New York couldn't quite do that Tuesday, and he got tossed off a plane as a result. The man was waiting to board an American Airlines flight at La Guardia Airport that day when a gate agent checking boarding passes wished him a merry Christmas. "You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas," the man replied, according to witnesses. When the gate agent asked for an alternate greeting suggestion, the man just yelled, "Don't say 'Merry Christmas'!"

Then, on the plane, a flight attendant offered him the same greeting. "Don't say 'Merry Christmas'!" was also shouted at her, the New York Post reports. The man then reportedly started "lecturing" the crew and even the pilot, and when they couldn't calm him down, he was finally escorted off the plane. The rest of the passengers cheered, the Post notes.