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Talk show host Beck vows to boycott American


DALLAS (AP) — Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck says he was treated rudely on an American Airlines flight and will never fly on the carrier again.

American apologized and said it's looking into the incident aboard a Labor Day weekend flight from Newark, N.J., to Dallas.

Beck said on his radio show Tuesday that a flight attendant on a New York-to-Dallas plane "treated me as a subhuman." Beck said the man "fawned over the other passengers" but "barked" at Beck and slammed a can of soda down in front of him.

Beck implied that the flight attendant singled him out because of his political views.

"My family will never choose American Airlines again ... if this is the kind of people that American Airlines likes to hire," Beck said.

American tweeted an apology, and a spokesman went a bit further.

"We are sorry for the experience Mr. Beck had on a recent flight," said spokesman Matt Miller. "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."

An aide to Beck declined to comment further or say whether the commentator had talked with American since the flight.

American, the nation's third-biggest airline, is owned by AMR Corp., which filed for bankruptcy protection in November.


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