US Airways has found itself in a public relations firestorm after a flight attendant reportedly refused to allow an Army Ranger to hang his uniform jacket in a closet on the aircraft.


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Fellow passengers say that during the flight from Portland, Oregon, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, First Sergeant Albert Marle wanted to keep his Army uniform jacket from wrinkling and asked to hang it up, but the flight attendant flatly refused, saying that closet space was reserved for first class passengers.


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Cliff Autrey - a passenger on the flight who witnessed the harsh treatment of Sgt. Marle - joined Anna Kooiman on Fox and Friends Weekend this morning and explained that he tried to give up his first class seat to the serviceman, but he and others were warned by the attendant not to intervene.

Eventually, another attendant hung up the jacket, but that hasn't prevented many from taking to social media to voice their displeasure with US Airways' treatment of a soldier.

Autrey reflected on the outpouring of support that Sgt. Marle has received, saying that he was "overwhelmed with the support for the U.S. military."

Late Friday, US Airways issued an apology to Sgt. Marle, and a spokesman said the airline was trying to get in touch with the Ranger to thank him for his service.

Watch the clip from Fox and Friends Weekend above.


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