Lebanese airliner Middle East Airlines (MEA) just wanted to bring an environmental issue to the forefront of passengers traveling through the Beirut’s Rafic Hariri airport.

MEA constructed a gigantic Christmas tree, in one of the airport’s lounges, made entirely out of garbage.  An MEA statement reads, “The tree is decorated with metal parts and aircraft parts. The aim is to support the environment.”

The company’s general manager Mohammad Hout echoed the statement saying, “The idea is not innovative, many countries around the world use [Christmas trees] to raise awareness about a specific issue.  [Our tree] is to raise awareness about environmental protection and to prevent logging and awareness on the recycling process.”

Unfortunately, travelers and passers-by in the airport have not taken too kindly to the garbage tree, despite the message it’s trying to put out.  The tree was taken down after the airport received multiple complaints.

One passenger wrote on Twitter, “A Christmas tree symbolises joy, hope and the birth of Christ. It is supposed to bring back happy childhood memories every time we look at it.  What happened in Beirut airport lounge is an embarrassment for Lebanon.”

Via The New Arab

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