Airline Kicks Vet With Prosthetic Leg Out Of Exit Row

SEATTLE, Washington (KING) -- A wounded veteran flying from Seattle to Washington, D.C., on Alaska Airlines says he was forced to move out of an exit row because of his prosthetic leg.

Adam Popp said he flew a Horizon Air flight from Bellingham to Seattle on Memorial Day and was seated in the exit row. But, when when he boarded Flight 4 from Seattle to Washington, he was told to move.

Popp says he can ski, scuba dive and mountain bike, but says the flight attendant didn't think he was physically capable of handling exit row duties.

"This flight attendant was stuck on that one piece of gear. That's the only thing he saw. He didn't see me as a person. He didn't see me as the ability to do the things they require. He saw that one thing and said, 'Nope you're not sitting here.' It was his way or I was off the plane," said Popp.

Popp tweeted a photo about it. The photo shows that he was wearing shorts that day, so his leg was clearly visible.

Reports say Alaska Air has issued an apology, saying it had received conflicting guidance from the FAA. The airline is giving Popp a $200 voucher.

Editor's Note: Following our publication of this article that had orignially appeared on our sister-station's website -, News 19 WLTX received this Tweeted response from Popp, reporting that Alaska Airlines had not in fact responded to him yet. (as of 1:40pm EST 6/3/13)


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