CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Passengers onboard a U.S. Airways flight from Portland, Oregon to Charlotte were outraged after they said a flight attendant mistreated an Army Ranger Thursday morning.
Passengers told WSOC-TV that First Sergeant Albert Marle asked a flight attendant if he could hang up his uniform jacket to keep it from getting wrinkled.
That flight attendant allegedly said the service is available only to first class passengers and refused to let other passengers, who volunteered, to switch seats with him.
Those on the flight claimed the flight attendant even yelled at passengers who tried to ask other attendants.
“When he asked if he could hang his coat up to keep from getting wrinkled, he had a chest full of medals — many deployments. All she had to say was, ‘Yes,’” said Cliff Autrey, who was on the plane.
Autrey said he’s a top-tier member of the frequent flier program but is considering switching.
He said eventually, another flight attendant hung up the ranger’s coat.
Channel 9 reached out to officials at Fort Bragg about what the medals on his uniform would mean.
“What I can tell you is he is, according to the insignias on his uniform, he is Ranger qualified (black and gold metal banner on his left pocket flap), he is Pathfinder qualified (metal insignia with the gold wing), he is Air Assault qualified (silver metal insignia with the wings and front view of a helicopter), he is Special Forces trained and most likely in a SF unit (aqua and gold metal banner over the Ranger banner/he is currently serving in an airborne unit (silver jump wings above his ribbons)/SF unit crest designating his unit affiliation (metal insignia to the right of his right lapel).”