SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) – SeaTac-based Alaska Airlines is ending decades of giving passengers prayer cards with their meals, saying the decision was made out of respect for all passengers.

Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said the airline heard from customers who preferred not to mix religion with transportation. The decision reflects respect for the diverse religious beliefs and cultural attitudes of Alaska Airlines’ customers and employees, the company said in announcing the change.

The cards began as a marketing ploy 30 years ago to differentiate the regional airline from its competitors. They offer a short except of a psalm from the Old Testament printed on a beautiful photograph.

Since 2006, when the airline stopped offering meals to customers in the main cabin, the cards have only appeared on meal trays in first class.

Comments (5)
  1. Steevo says:

    Oh, so only the richies in 1st class got to be blessed by your mythological super being?

  2. janis elaine says:

    Surprised they got away with that for so long. Never happen out of JFK!

  3. Mike L. says:

    OK, but if they what a marketing catch ….. why not print and handout cards with the native spiritual wisdoms of the Eskimo and Inuit peoples and others from the far north?

  4. daysi horta says:

    To say I am saddened & appalled is an understatement. They could easily be placed in the magazine pocket behind every seat, & each passenger could choose to accept it or disregard it. Its “ludicrous” to be so concerned with political correctness & so tatally distant & uncaring about our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember the 1st commandment…”Love God” above everything . We seem to forget this nation was built on faith & the believe of “One Nation Under God”. May God bless America!!!!!!

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