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Published September 05 2012

Talk-show host Glenn Beck ratchets up campaign against American Airlines, vows to boycott carrier

DALLAS — Radio talk show host Glenn Beck isn't backing down from his public attack on American Airlines.

For a second straight day, Beck on Wednesday used his show to complain that a flight attendant treated him rudely. Beck claims it was punishment for his conservative views.

Beck said American should fire the flight attendant, and he vowed to never fly on American again.

“These big, stodgy airlines that think they can treat people like garbage — they can't,” Beck said during a 14-minute segment on Wednesday's show. He suggested that such poor service could explain why American had to seek bankruptcy protection, yet insisted that he wasn't trying to hurt American and wasn't urging fans to boycott the airline.

American said it regretted that Beck “had a disappointing experience” on his flight home Monday from Newark, N.J., to Dallas. The airline said that it was still looking into Beck's complaint, a response that the commentator called “lumbering.”