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Alaska Airlines forces wounded veteran to move seats

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A wounded veteran says he was kicked out of the exit row seating because of his prosthetic leg. (Source: WJLA/CNN) A wounded veteran says he was kicked out of the exit row seating because of his prosthetic leg. (Source: WJLA/CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (WJLA/CNN) – A wounded warrior in Washington, DC says he almost got kicked off a flight home from Alaska.

Adam Popp says a flight attendant threatened to have security take him off the plane if he didn't move out of the exit row.

The flight attendant wanted him to move because of his prosthetic leg.

Popp lost his leg to an IED in Afghanistan in 2007.

He's actively involved in skiing, mountain biking and scuba diving, but he says the flight attendant didn't think he was physically capable of handling the exit row duties.

"This flight attendant was stuck on this one piece of gear, he didn't see me as a person, he didn't see me as the ability to do the things they require, he saw the one thing and no you aren't sitting here, it was his way or I'm off the plane," Popp said.

CNN affiliate WJLA reports Alaska Airlines has apologized for the incident, saying it has received conflicting guidance from the FAA.

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