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Caps Trade Places with Southwest Airlines Employees

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Capitals players Matt Bradley, Chris Clark, Ben Clymer, Matt Pettinger and Dainius Zubrus assisted the team’s official airline, Southwest Airlines, by becoming Southwest employees for the day on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Bradley, Clark, Clymer, Pettinger and Zubrus were each paired with Southwest Airlines employees who escorted them around the airport. The Southwest Airlines employees taught the players how to perform various jobs throughout the airport as part of a Trading Places promotion.

Clark boarded passengers onto a flight, collecting and scanning tickets and greeting the customers. Bradley and Clark helped back planes up to the runway, while Pettinger acted as a wing walker, guiding the aircraft onto the runway. Bradley and Pettinger sorted baggage to be loaded onto specific flights and helped with provisioning, loading drinks and snacks onto a plane. Zubrus and Clymer marshaled flights onto the tarmac, directing the planes into the gates.

“My favorite part of the day was being on the tarmac and watching them push back the planes,” said Pettinger. “It was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes at the airport. The Southwest Airlines employees were great hosts and we all had a lot of fun.”

Matt Bradley and Matt Pettinger help load a Southwest Airlines flight The Capitals players signed autographs for Southwest Airlines employees and customers throughout the day. Clark hosted Caps-related trivia games at the gates for passengers waiting to board their flights. Slapshot, the Capitals mascot, was also on hand to pass out peanuts and greet customers. Before leaving Bradley, Clark, Clymer, Pettinger, Zubrus and Slapshot took photos with all the participating Southwest Airlines employees in front of one of their planes.

“Trading Places was an overwhelming success,” said Christina Ayala, Northeast region marketing manager for Southwest Airlines. “The Southwest Airlines employees and customers had a great time interacting with the Caps. The Capitals players were wonderful and we look forward to them trading places with Southwest Airlines employees next year!”

Southwest Airlines is the official airline of the Washington Capitals. Southwest currently operates 165 daily nonstop departures to 34 cities from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with additional direct and connecting service to 21 cities. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is Southwest’s fourth busiest airport in terms of daily departures.
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