Glenn Beck Says American Airlines Flight Attendant Made Him Feel "Subhuman," Compares Flight to Nazi's Europe

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Glenn Beck has seen the face of hatred in America, and it looks like a surly flight attendant. In a transcript from his radio show, posted to his website this morning, Beck claims that an American Airlines employee slammed his drink down, barked the word "breakfast" at him, and delivered a monologue on being a "former Israeli soldier" and "how he was so proud of the very liberal cities in America."

What, he didn't manage to work in a reference to being a gay, Communist, Bible-burning, flag-defecating-upon Obama voter too? Can we just safely assume that part, Glenn?

The Passion of Glenn Beck began in New York over the weekend, when he says he was treated rudely in a "minority-owned" barbecue shop and then "openly mocked" the next day by patrons at a breakfast spot. But all of that was a mere prelude to his treatment on American while flying back home to DFW.

"I've lived in Texas in the last few months and I had forgotten why I needed my security detail," Beck said. (In an interview, Beck friend and somewhat-factual author David Barton claimed Beck wears a bulletproof vest at all times and sometimes travels with "15 to 17" bodyguards.)

"As I compared New York and Texas, there's not everybody in Texas agrees with me," Beck continued. "There's a lot of liberals in Texas. It's funny. We all have a neighbor here in Texas who is an Obama supporter. All of us do. But we're neighbors first, Texans second, and Republicans and Democrats somewhere way down on the list.

"On the way home I flew American Airlines, a Texas‑based airline. I, unlike all of the other passengers, was not offered the option of courteous service. I don't know why."

While other patrons were "politely asked if they cared for anything to eat," Beck says, he was "barked at" by the attendant. While everyone else's soda was lovingly poured, his was "slammed down" unopened in front of him.

"I had service unlike I have never had ever before in my life, and I have had rude service before," Beck said. "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."

Because the flight attendant was apparently Jewish, Beck finds a way to work in a lot of Holocaust-themed references into his monologue.

"I watched him and I wondered: Does this make him feel better somehow?" he asked. "It's sad because I think it did. As I sat there, I wondered how many things we would actually agree on, how many things did he actually believe about me that aren't even true. I wondered if he was ever made to feel like a second class citizen before. I wondered if he had any friends and family in the dark years of Europe that made them feel less productive. I wonder if his friends and family ever felt like they were less than a welcome member of society because of their faith or who they were or what they believed."

Beck wondered aloud what he had done to this flight attendant that "he as a grown man felt justified and uplifted by taking his pound of flesh," a nice little reference to Shylock, another famously nasty (Jewish!) character who hated pouring people's soda for them.

"I wondered if a guy like this flight attendant for American Airlines, if he were in a group of like‑minded people and that group of people were in power. I wonder if he and his friends would feel it rational to march me through the streets with a sign around my neck mocking and frightening anyone away who might want to stand with me," Beck added. "I wondered. Surely not. This somehow was different. This was just a small indignity."

Beck says that upon deplaning, he said to the attendant, "I want to sincerely thank you for not treating my children the way you treated me." He says the attendant replied, "It was my pleasure. You deserved it."

Beck wondered, too, "if American Airlines was happy that I chose them. Are they happy that other conservatives even fly in their planes? Are they glad to be based in Texas, or is this just an unfortunate stopover on the way to one of those many liberal cities their employees are so proud of?" He vows that his family "will never choose American Airlines again."

We're awaiting a call back from American's media relations people. In the meantime, shall we place bets on how long it'll before before a Beck supporter calls for an outright boycott of the airline?

Oh. Too late.

Update, 12:10 p.m. American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller sends over this statement: "We are sorry for the experience Mr. Beck had on a recent flight. The comfort and satisfaction of our customers are very important priorities to us and we take these matters seriously. We have reached out to Mr. Beck's office and are actively looking into the situation."

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army_itspc
army_itspc

Oh cry me a f*cking river... I don't feel bad in the least... this hate-monger got what he deserves. @ss.

kev0001000
kev0001000

There is no validity in this article. Absolutely none! Why do people keep saying things like "Comparing AA to Nazi Germany is insane!" The only thing that is insane is that you believe that he made the comparison. It proves that you will eat what ever you are fed as long as it comes from the left. No need for any actual research! As long as some Obama leg humping liberal said it, it's the gospel truth.

ceepee
ceepee

Am I the only one here who is MOST concerned about his wild generalizations about Texas and Texans?

smuggy
smuggy

When 1 puts their personal views into the world, one has to accept the fact there may be people that do not agree with them. In that case you may receive the service they consider appropriate. I applaud those service providers.

greekdish
greekdish

Anna Merlin... yeah, because Liberals would NEVER call for the boycott of a business, right?

 

And whereas the Chick-Fil-a boycott was based on their beliefs, Beck was treated like crap from an employee. Not a single Chick-Fila employee acted rude to the Liberal protesters, and they even offered them water or drinks.

 

Obviously, you are a radical left winger and agrees with the treatment of Beck, who did nothing wrong to the flight attendant.

 

Liberal hypocrisy at its finest.

joseph
joseph

I flew to Paris and back a few months ago on American Airlines and all the flight attendants were absolutely wonderful.  Extremely warm, friendly and helpful.  Glenn Beck probably just needs to get his meds adjusted again.

PecosRoyBean
PecosRoyBean

@annaherself Thank you for recognizing that you are a "Left-Wing Idiot!"

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

It would be interesting if the Observer would dedicate a post to Ed Schultz or the late, great Keith Olbermann to see the obsessive vitriol these flamethrowers might generate from the right. Maybe someone would be motivated to post every word ever spoken by these deep thinkers?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"Al Gore's not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different.  The goal is globalization.  The goal is global carbon tax.…You need to have fear. You needed to have the fear of starvation. You needed to have the fear of the whole place going to hell in a hand basket. Which — do we have that fear now with global warming?…Then you have to discredit the scientists that say 'That's not right.'  And you must silence all dissenting voices. That's what Hitler did. That's what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing]." --Beck, on the film An Inconvenient Truth, which documents a keynote presentation by Al Gore about climate change.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth. I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing." — Glenn Beck explains the disturbing part of the massacre that killed 68 people at a camp for young members of Norway's ruling Labor Party. [Telegraph UK]

kev0001000
kev0001000

Wow!!! Did any of you actually sit down and see listen to what he said on his website? If you had you would have said to yourself..."Wait a minute, this article is misleading". In the part where he mentioned Nazi's, he was talking about the Christian influence that fought Nazi-ism, fought ended slavery, etc etc. Never once actually tied Nazi's to AA. Those who actually believe this article have either not watched his video, or are in willful denial of reality. The person who wrote this should not be allowed to blog on here. This is all lies! Don't believe me? Watch the freggin video!

marsfam10
marsfam10

Anna Merlan is the EXACT type of person @GlennBeck refers to. Merlan assumed so much in this biased piece of fiction. He didn't say anything anti-gay? Hmm, Beck is pro-gay marriage. I especially like the part where she acts like Beck is anti-Jew. Guess she doesn't know about Beck's HEAVY support of Israel, including holding a major event there last year?

Beck lover or hater, the behavior of the restaurant owners and servers and the flight attendant were rude. Being in the service industry, they should put aside their political issues, especially if they are as uninformed as Ms. Merlan, and do their job. They can call into his radio program, work for their favorite politicians campaign or write a letter to protest Beck's position...IF they even know what his position is.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

OK American you have won back a passenger for life. I take back everything nasty I ever said about your company.

awebblmt
awebblmt

Poor, poor, poor Glenn Beck. I don't know HOW he bore the grievous personal insult of having his soda slammed down in front of him by a Middle Eastern flight attendant, and continued to hold his head up high. Even though he made a huge mountain out of a mole hill, cried from the rooftops about some petty injustice, and waxed Nazi-poetic about the gross moral turpitude of this flight attendant not treating him as well as all the other passengers (SLAMMED down his drink... UNOPENED!!), I'm sure he didn't exaggerate the alleged bad customer service at all, no sir. I'm sure that the prejudicial Middle Eastern flight attendant (not that his nationality might color Glenn Back's attitude toward this man, of course not. Mr. Beck is above such things.) will lose his job over the unopened soda being placed too forcibly on Mr. Becks tray-table.  That terrorist is gettin' what he deserves, amiright? *eye-roll*

eaglesnest410
eaglesnest410

Soooooo, am I to assume by the tone of this poorly written article, filled with ludicrous assumptions, that the writer (Anna Merlan) is OK with an American Airlines flight attendant treating a passenger riding with his family in a rude and unprofessional manner? How come it is usually the left who are unable to control their emotions and just simply disagree? I cannot type here on this forum what I would have done with the soda can this ignorant fool slammed down on my trey, but he would have never behaved that way again and we will leave it at that.

bmarvel
bmarvel

But the really stupid thing this flight attendant did, the ultimate miscalculation, the supreme blunder and unpardonable sin, is that HE GAVE GLENN BECK AMMUNITION. He placed into Beck's hands the golden opportunity and Beck, being Beck, ran it all the way to the end zone, And then did on of those little triumph-dances.

 

Jennie Harding
Jennie Harding

Ah yes, the Restoring Love rally. Who knew it only costs ten bucks to restore a little love? Johnny Horton, there were only 2 people who mentioned the word hate on this thread and one of them is yourself. You stretch the truth, sir. The subject of this story was not that Mr. Beck experienced bad customer service (I don't doubt he did), but that he compared it to Nazi behavior. That comparison is ridiculous and the message had no love behind it.

maureen101
maureen101

Is Anna Merlan saying that all male flight attendants are gay? Homophobic? No one should be treated poorly on s flight just because the attendant doesn't like the person. It shouldn't be too hard for American Airlines to figure out which the attendant was, and take disciplinary action.

kev0001000
kev0001000

 @ceepee Maybe. I don't know what was so concerning about what he said about Texans. Was it because he said they were nice people? Do you not like nice people? Hmmm. confusing.....

surgin99
surgin99

 @smuggy

 remind me of who you are when I provide the service of doing your colonoscopy....

surgin99
surgin99

 @joseph

 so are we bullying the mentally ill now,, or the or the mentally challenged??

why must we bully?  why must we hate??

 

dougl_fox
dougl_fox

 @joseph  I see.  They treated YOU well so no reason to care how they treat someone else.  Ahhh the liberal compassion oooozes.

monstruss
monstruss

 @albert.finney000 why don't you go read some fringe bullshit like National Review or the Whateverthefuck Report if you wanna bitch about "fair and balanced?" fucking crybaby conservatives, it's all bootstraps and fuck you got mine until someone hurts your feelings, huh?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @kev0001000 "It is really — one of the things in it that I heard yesterday in his testimony that I thought was disturbing was this — what did he call it? — a massive persuasion campaign. That sounded a little bit like Goebbels or Gore-bels." --Beck, on Al Gore's March 21, 2007, testimony before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

randi.trollop
randi.trollop

 @marsfam10  @GlennBeck  Right, Beck is so very reasonable and deserves the benefit of the doubt from all those who would call him out on his fiction and half-truths. 

 

BTW, restaurant owners can choose not to serve people so that really doesn't fit your narrative.

surgin99
surgin99

 @MushMouth1

 sure, support crappy opinionated 'service'  be a hater and decided who needs to be chosen for your selective hatred...

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

 @eaglesnest410 Well, AA flight attendants treat the rest of us in a "rude and unprofessional manner", so why should he be any different?

randi.trollop
randi.trollop

 @eaglesnest410 I would have been okay with the attendant putting a bullet in Beck's fat, empty head, but that's just me.  Fuck Glenn Beck.

dougl_fox
dougl_fox

 @monstruss  @albert.finney000  Monstruss, thank you for reminding us how pathetic and mindless so many on the left are.  can't have a conversation without cursing.  I know, your vocabulary is restrictive. Now what are you doing posting online those burgers on your grill are burning and the manager is giving you the eye...

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@monstruss If you consider NR a fringe publication, then even Jim Scutze is probably too far right for you.

kev0001000
kev0001000

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz If he was saying that the left have a massive persuasion campaign than that would be accurate. He didn't say anything that is untrue. Does not the left try to ruin the lives of those who disagree with them? They control most of the media, and if you don't agree with them then you're obviously a racist, woman hating, gay bashing, white supremist. They make weak arguments, just like the blogger, and then when their "facts" are corrected they attack with things that have absolutely nothing to do with what they were talking about. Like the Nazi statement. Had absolutely nothing to do with AA. If someone can't write an article without the hopes that no one actually did their homework, the you shouldn't listen to them. You can see how the left just "sheeps" their way thought life. It's almost like everyone being plugged into one, that being Obama's brain. What he says, no matter how many times he changes his position, lies, or goes back on promises seems to be the gospel truth every time he opens his mouth. And for what? Why listen to him? Has he made good on any promises? Does his actions reflect that he has American prosperity as his highest agenda? Absolutely not, and there's no proof that I'm wrong. Tons to back up what I'm saying though.

kev0001000
kev0001000

 @randi.trollop  @marsfam10 I don't get it. Are all of the left allergic to truth? You speak of half truths. You would only be so luck if your side could tell a half truth. But instead they flat out lie and the brainless left believe it. You told me I should read more. I both listened to and read the Glenn Beck AA situation and to say that this article is accurate is a direct denial of reality. Will-full denial is a skill mastered by Liberals and Democrats alike. Otherwise how could someone put a "Obama 2012" sticker on their bumper. This guy has done absolutely nothing and he keeps saying "We're better of than we were four years ago". Really? How? What have you done that has made this country better off than it was 4 years ago? You slapping us with the biggest tax in the history of the United States of America? Was that it? Or was it the immense depletion of our nukes? Or maybe, just maybe, you mean if the country is country is worse off by everyone else's standards, then for every one else that believes in communism, the lack of or no freedom, being on a "level" playing field with every other nation, then we are better off than we were 4 years ago. Yes, I would say that under you Mr. President, we are well on our way of realizing your father's dream. The destruction of America

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Until he proves he's not anti-new, we'll have to assume he is. After all, his pro-Israel position could be a cover.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@kev0001000 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Joe the plumber was more thoroughly vetted than Obama. He's lucky we have no re-education camps yet.

kev0001000
kev0001000

 @joearpaio  @kev0001000 No proof? Prove me wrong! Prove anything I said wrong? Proof is not hard to find when all you have to do is get in touch with reality, and clearly the left is not a big fan of reality. You're all such worshipers of Obama it's absolutely insane!!! Have you watched what your fellow idiots had to say about socialism at the DNC? You guys lie about it publicly, but catch you when you feel comfortable enough to tell the truth (being around like minded people) all you can do is talk about how much you love socialism. Tell me what Obama is doing that doesn't lead to socialism? So many Americans died fighting socialism and you pieces of junk are trying to overhaul the whole country with it. Prove me wrong dude! Say anything that your side is doing that give everyone here some proof.

joearpaio
joearpaio

 @kev0001000  Eaten up with the Holy Right-wing fire much?  You offer no proof of any of your contentions.

randi.trollop
randi.trollop

 @gagal  @eaglesnest410 Heh, nice over-generalization.  BTW, do you make enough money to be a real Republican?  Likely you do not and will be voting against your own interests come November.  Keep drinking the Faux News Kool-Aid.

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