Veteran booted from exit row seat on Alaska Airlines flight
06/02/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Seattle, Washington – Alaska Airlines has issued an apology after forcing a wounded war veteran to move from an exit row seat due to his having a prosthetic leg. As reported by WJLA, Arlington resident Adam Popp said he was embarrassed after a flight attendant refused to allow him to keep his seat, and threatened to have him removed from the plane.
Popp is quoted as stating of the flight attendant’s actions during the incident which occurred on Memorial Day, “He said, ‘No, you aren’t going to sit there… I asked what the problem was, he said, ‘You are wearing a prosthetic, you can’t sit in the exit row.”
As noted in the report, current FAA regulations say, “The presence of the prosthesis would not be the determinant for being able to meet the criteria, but rather the physical ability to perform the exit seat duties.”
Alaska Airlines issued the statement on Friday regarding the incident saying, “Alaska has received conflicting guidance from the FAA on emergency exit row seating regulations. We’re working with the FAA to clarify which policy we must follow.”
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