Man with prosthetic leg claims airline forced him to move

A San Francisco man claims he was asked to move seats on his flight from Beijing to Seoul on his prosthetic leg.

Tim Seward said that he paid more for a seat on an Asiana Airlines flight with extra leg room, but a flight attendant told him Sunday that he had to get up or face ejection.

“They threatened me, that they were going to kick me off the plane if I don’t move,” Seward told news station KGO-TV.

Seward took his phone to record the incident. In the video, the flight attendant says that he is concerned that Seward will not be able to perform the exit seat duties.

“I can’t prove that your leg is functional,” the stewardess said.


The Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines say that “the presence of the prosthesis would not be the determinant” to perform the exit seat duties, but in place of the physical ability.

“Personally, I have the feeling that it was not good to have someone to decide for me, my physical capabilities and I think the airline need to understand that that is wrong and that they discriminated against anyone,” Seward said.

A representative for Asiana Airlines was not immediately available for comment.

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