Since the close of the merger of Continental Airlines and United in 2010, we have all experienced some changes – and occasional inconveniences – as a result of integrating two very complex airlines. Most of us took the changes and occasional difficulties in stride, understanding that things will eventually get better, and perhaps venting a bit to neighbors and loved ones, or in forums such as Milepoint. Unfortunately, there is a fraction of the flying population that has been afflicted by the changes far more than most. Comprised mostly of flyers used to primarily flying United prior to the merger, they exhibit unusual, visceral symptoms in reaction the merger and integration, such as: 1. Delusional beliefs that new United managers are always “out to get them”; 2. Pervasive notions that the new United cannot properly operate a flight on time, or with the typical levels of amenities and customer service; 3. Vivid daydreams and nightmares about the SHARES PSS, to the point of causing harm to personal and professional relationships; 4. Delusions of the grandeur of products and services offered by United prior to the merger with Continental; and 5. Baseless hopes that United’s former logo, the “tulip”, will be re-introduced sometime soon, and that United CEO Jeff Smisek will be replaced. Persons who are exhibiting these symptoms for seven days or more should be considered afflicted with “Tulip Syndrome”.