Sunday, June 30, 2013

PHOTO: Southwest Airlines unhappy with ‘leaked’ photo of airport worker

Did this airport worker drive to a pizza joint in his terminal stair car? [Photo: New York Post]Here’s the controversial photo that seems to have upset Southwest Airlines in the United States. Actually, it’s not the image as such, it's the article published by The New York Post about the image.

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.”

Passengers vs Airlines: 5 Recent Incidents That Have Resulted In Lawsuits!

Interestingly, USA Today has a very different story to report; with Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz stating the report is "completely" untrue. In fact, he believes the New York Post "spins that (photo) in a way that's different than what it really was."

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.

What are your thoughts on the photo? Who do you believe is telling the truth? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to check out The Aviation Writer’s Facebook page for more aviation photos, videos and stories. Click here to visit… and don’t forget to like the page!

VIDEO: United Airlines pilot attacked by drunk passenger at US airport (explicit)

24 comments :

  1. LMAO! He's just showing that you don't need a freakin' fast super car to catch people's attention! xD

    ReplyDelete
  2. Brooks HoltzendorffJune 30, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Even airport workers love pizza! Bet this happens regularly!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Juditha-Jade ParkinsonJune 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Either I believe the article posted by the NY Post or the clarification made by Mr Chris Mainz, the spokesperson of Southwest Airlines, I am inclined to believe Mr Mainz. I don't really see the reason why the company has to defend their employée if this employee had committed a fault. And anyway, it is also common knowledge that newspapers commit mistakes in reporting.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Even for the NY post, it must have been a slooooooooooooooooow day. Sheesh. File this in my 'Could care less' bin.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "Couldn't" care less.

      Delete
  5. Taylor GianneliaJuly 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    They got that all wrong, and the media turned that into something that it wasn't. The stair car was going for scheduled maintenance.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Claus Trøstrup NørgaardJuly 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I can't see any pizza, so here is a better story: He runs down to the local swimming pool to give the kids a fun day with a diving board.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The explanation given by Southwest was correct. The guy isn't even wearing a Southwest uniform. The NY Post is full of crap about 95% of the time and looking for sensationalism anywhere they can find it. Seems to have worked well for them yet again.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I bet he was not retrieving a pizza. Maintenance on the machinery makes more sense.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I also believe Mainz, as stair cars are uncomfortable and clumsy to drive, what is ones motivation to take it for pizza?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maybe his driver's license was revoked, maybe he lost the insurance for his car. Both are reasons and justifications. Why do they have to take the "vehicle" off site to service it?

      Delete
    2. You can't drive ground equipment for an airline without a DL.

      Delete
  10. If the worker did take a spin to go and get pizza, then surely, SURELY someone would have seen it in the drive-through or parking lot as the case may be. If NY Post knew for a fact that he got pizza, it stands to reason they'd be able to find at least one "eye witness" reading to share his 2 cents in return for 15 seconds of publicity. My money's on dodgy reporting!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sunil Zephaniah KanaparthiJuly 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    By and large such terminal equipment all the more the stair car cannot mover out of the airport without proper entries and permission. In the absence of the exit and entry permit, proper action as deemed fit should be initiated by the airlines notwithstanding the fact that they have a different version as placed on record.

    ReplyDelete
  12. OOPS......lol!

    ReplyDelete
  13. He was on his way to rescue a cat from a tree?

    ReplyDelete
  14. So........ where is the pizza in all of this?

    ReplyDelete
  15. The vehicle still should not be outside the airport without NYS plates but it's done all the time cheaper maintenance.

    ReplyDelete
  16. If the New York Post says he was getting a pizza, rest assured, he was not getting a pizza.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Surely he wasn't that stupid?.......

    ReplyDelete
  18. Really?, he would have to be really dumb to do that,, like no one would see it...the second story makes more sense.... people and the media just want attention....

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is bad, an opportunity for terrorists to infiltrate the airport. I wonder why the guy did this? If he really did this?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Shades of "Arrested Development"

    ReplyDelete
  21. SA is telling the truth. They can verify by the picture if the person works or not for them. Plus, presenting a lie now on this situation, it could bring more damage than the picture itself.
    NYP reporter just let it go his imagination, but in this case, mislead a lot of people!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...