United Might Have Created a One-Man Airline Route

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, speaks to workers from Newark International Airport who attended the Port Authority's board meeting to ask for a raise, on February 19, 2014 in New York City.The airport workers are reportedly asking for the same $10.10 rate that the New York airport workers have received under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's minimum wage hike. Many of the airport workers who attended the meeting were organized by Unite Here, a labor organization that represents workers in various service industries. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The perks of being the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey include snarling traffic for the heck of it, arranging job contracts for your own law firm, and, perhaps, bespoke air travel. The Record reports that United Airlines may have created a flight route especially for then–Port Authority chairman David Samson to fly between Newark and Columbia, South Carolina, 50 miles from where he spent his weekends. Dinner with his girl on his own route is Samson’s idea of an update.

Reportedly nicknamed “the chairman’s flight” by insiders, the 50-seat regional jet flew Thursday night from Newark to Columbia, and Monday morning from Columbia to Newark. The flight operated for 18 months and was canceled three days after Samson resigned in March, timing that is not at all suspicious.

Federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into Samson’s relationship with United Airlines, but so far there’s no smoking gun proving the flight was created specifically for Samson. His spokesperson declined to comment.

Kids, one day you too could have your own airline route, if only you are rich in money or bankrupt in morals.


United Might Have Created One-Man Airline Route