Published on January 27th, 2012 | by James Johnson0
Alaska Airlines To Stop Offering Prayer Cards To Passengers
For the last 30 years Alaska Airlines has handed out prayer cards with meals but that practice has come to an end.
In an email to customers on Wednesday the company’s CEO and president wrote:
“This difficult decision was not made lightly,” while adding, “Some of you enjoy the cards and associate them with our service. At the same time, we’ve heard from many of you who believe religion is inappropriate on an airplane.”
As my first thought guessed many passengers are not comfortable with believing there’s a need to pray while stuck inside a pressurized chamber that’s being hurled through the air at hundreds of miles per hour.
One passenger told the Seattle Times:
“I’d get a clutch in my stomach when I read it,” and “My reasoning was, if they put that card on the plate, they must be worried that something bad was going to happen. If they’re worried, I’m worried.”
After the company stopped serving meals in coach in 2006 the cards continued to be handed out to first-class passengers on flights longer then four hours.
Do you think the prayer card service with meals was inappopropriate?