Alaska Airlines puts an end to lifting passenger's spirits, as they stop handing out prayer cards onboard

For those who travel up and down the West Coast, you are probably familiar with Alaska Airline's habit of lifting passenger's spirits by providing prayer cards with meal trays.

I flew Alaska Airlines flight 99 (5:59 pm) from LAX to SEA for a little under two years, and gathered up a fair number of these cards in the 1990's.

But this tradition is about to end, after a 30 year run of giving passengers spiritual words to reflect on while they eat their meals.

Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan is quoted as saying that the decision was made after hearing from customers who preferred not to mix religion with transportation. 

"Some customers were comforted by the cards and some didn't feel religion was appropriate on the plane and preferred not to receive one," she said.

The cards offer a short except of a psalm from the Old Testament and a photograph. 

Interestingly, the airline hasn't served meals in its coach cabin since 2001, so only First Class patrons have been receiving the prayer cards.

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