According to the newspaper, a worker from La Guardia Airport drove from his workplace to a nearby pizza restaurant in a terminal stair car… yup, that’s right, he was spotted cruising around New York's borough of Queens in the Southwest Airlines Vehicle.
The incident was similar to iconic scenes from television comedy Arrested Development. However, the situation is not a laughing matter for Southwest Airlines, as the terminal stair car is only permitted to drive on airport premises, which is reflected in its Port Authority license plate (marked “A 3537”).
“This is not acceptable,” Steve Coleman, a Port Authority spokesman told the newspaper. “We will immediately begin to identify the offending vehicle and driver and will take appropriate action.”
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According to Southwest Airlines, the driver actually works for Allied Aviation, which performs maintenance and ground services for Southwest at LaGuardia. He was not using the vehicle to reach a pizza joint, but was simply driving to Allied Aviation’s office on 19th Avenue.
"He was simply taking the equipment to their office for their standard upkeep and standard maintenance," Mainz tells USA Today. "So nothing out of the ordinary. It (the stair car) had all the proper plates and tags they need to do so. He certainly was not going to get pizza."
Even though the response from Southwest Airlines was incredibly fast, the photo has already gone viral on the internet and attracted a huge amount of attention from the international media.
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