David Leavitt is worth tens of millions of dollars. He’s the County Attorney for Utah County, Utah (they ran out of names, Utah County includes Provo) and is currently running for Utah Attorney General.
Leavitt is also the brother of Mike Leavitt, former Utah Governor and Secretaries of the EPA and Health and Social Services. And he’s a Delta ramper.
He drives a baggage cart and de-ices planes at the Salt Lake City airport for the free standby flight benefits, working the required minimum 150 hours a year on Saturdays and free evenings.
The man, who contributed $300,000 to his own race for attorney general, earns $8.50 per hour from Delta.
“I’m not doing it for the paycheck,” he said. “It was creating such amazing memories for our family because we would go to Paris for the weekend. It has become a part of my family culture.”
Leavitt couldn’t juggle his County Attorney job, working for Delta, and singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir so he quit the choir.
It’s not just a Honey Boo Boo television star who delivers lost luggage, it seems.
I have to wonder about someone’s management choices if they’re worth tens of millions but take on an additional job to earn standby travel benefits when they could pay to travel and spend the time for their family. Driving a baggage cart may be fun but de-icing seems miserable to me. Especially in recent years, before the pandemic, life as a nonrev hasn’t been easy with flights generally full.