Oregon man's Facebook post sparks airline backlash

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BEND, Ore. (AP) - A longtime Oregon concert promoter sparked an online backlash against Alaska Airlines with a Facebook post describing what he called "the worst of humanity."

Cameron Clark of Bend wrote to his Facebook friends Friday that he saw a man miss a flight because airline personnel refused to give him extra assistance, even after Clark intervened and asked employees to help. Clark said the man told him he has Parkinson's disease.

KTVZ reports Clark's story spread quickly and sparked a series of angry Facebook posts directed at the airline.

Alaska Airlines spokesman Paul McElroy told The Associated Press on Saturday that the man never told airline employees that he had Parkinson's or any other disability, and officials believed he was intoxicated because they smelled alcohol. He says the man's ticket was refunded and he boarded a new flight Saturday morning.

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