American Airlines apologizes for Christianity remarks
FORT WORTH, Texas. Feb. 13, 2004 --The chief executive of American Airlines apologized after the pilot of a recent cross-country flight got on the intercom and asked all Christians aboard to raise their hands.
The pilot, Rodger K. Findiesen of Annapolis, Maryland, has been grounded while the February 7 incident is investigated, Gerard Arpey said.
"Let me assure you that we take this very seriously and are conducting a thorough investigation," Arpey wrote to Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, a group that monitors anti-Semitism.
The airline "promotes an environment of respect for the diversity of all persons, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation."
Foxman had complained about the incident.
Findiesen did not respond to an e-mail request for an interview, and a woman who answered the phone at a number listed for him hung up.