Passengers on board a flight from Portland to Charlotte this morning are requesting an apology from US Airways and the US Airways flight attendant responsible for the disrespect shown towards a decorated American soldier..
According to several first class passengers on the flight, the well-decorated Army First Sergeant requested to have his dress blues hung up. The flight attendant refused, claiming that it was against US Airways policy for her to hang a coach passengers clothing. She refused a number of times, eventually becoming belligerent, and a couple of the first class passengers offered their seats to First Sergeant Albert Marle, who refused to take their seats.
Eventually, a first class passenger asked Marle if he would like him to hang the dress blues for him and he said yes. The passenger took the uniform and hung them up behind his seat.
An American Airlines/US Airways spokesman said that they were looking into the matter and will deal with the matter internally when the conclude the investigation.
Regardless, this is absolutely uncalled for and an incredibly disappointing action taken by the flight attendant. Even if this is the policy, it is one that I have seen not enforced before when coach passengers have been allowed to hang things in the spot this American hero was requesting. If this is true as is stated, US Airways and the flight attendant owes an apology to this soldier. If not, the new American should change their name to unAmerican Airlines.
@prior2board highest regard. (2/2)
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) October 10, 2014
We hold all those serving our country in the highest regard and apologize for any offense caused. We are reviewing the incident internally. — US Airways (@USAirways) October 10, 2014