This Year’s Santa Escort Makes Some People Uneasy

Posted on: 4:29 pm, December 3, 2013, by


Washington, D.C. (WHNT) – Santa’s sleigh has some interesting escorts this year, and some people are concerned about the

For 59 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, has tracked Santa as he makes his trek around the world. This year, the military depicts two fighter jets escorting Santa and his reindeer. The jets and their missiles are new to the program this year.

NORAD’s Santa Tracker reached 22 million people last year. Thousands of kids and parents called to find out where Santa was throughout the night by giving them updates over the phone or online.

The tradition started in 1955 when Sear’s offered kids the chance to talk to Santa directly over the phone. They inadvertently gave the phone number of Continental Air Defense Command instead of the special number they set up for the event. CONAD went with the mistake and gave kids their Santa updates. NORAD replaced CONAD a few years later, but the tradition remains.

NORAD says the jets flanking Santa are an attempt to give Santa Tracker more of an operational feel, but some people see it as an attack on the jolly image of Santa. They say introducing destructive weaponry hurts St. Nick’s image.

We want to know what you think. Are the jet escorts a neat idea or do they hurt Santa’s jolly image? Share you answers on our Facebook page. We’ll have some of your answers on your news at 9 on WHNT 2.



  • Nancy Bates says:

    NO, just NO!

  • Michael Kewl says:

    Leave the MIC off the radar screen with Santa!!!

  • Millie J. says:

    NOT appropriate. The world is violent enough. Why militarize Santa ? What is a kid to think…”.you better not pout. you better not cry, or Santa Clause will blow youuuuu sky high”…. yeah….

  • Deedee says:

    It is simply not necessary. Santa is magic and magic trumps everything. He does not need an escort.

  • LC says:

    Let him fly alone. Santa is a the symbol of Peace & Love. If you put fighter jets in the pics I just think you’ll be destroying the perspective of Peace that it brings to children around the world.

  • Lynn says:

    Heavenly Peace. I agree, Santa has always been a symbol of Peace and Love. Why bring something that destroys into this peaceful tradition. Our children are having to deal with the reality of war as it is, don’t give them anything else to deal with. Let them be kids and have a wonderful peaceful night without anything to remind them of what they see and hear about every other day of the year.

  • gloria says:

    don’t mess with santa. he does a great job on his own. why do people have to go and mess things up. my God people cant we leave well enough alone. always wont to change things when there is nothing wrong with the way its been done for many years. I SAY DONT DO IT !!!!!

  • jusme says:

    Leave Santa and his image alone. It’s bad enough that everyone is trying to be “politically correct” by replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays”. Now they want missile-strapped fighter jets ecsorting Santa? Leave our traditions alone!

  • frank says:

    But what if Santa has to fly thru China s air space?

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  • Jim M says:

    The escort was added due to the conflict with the Chinese over the disputed islands near Japan. Can you imagine if China shot down Santa when he was making his way through that airspace? Now who would take the blame now Dee…

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