Cops: Imposter Posed as Soldier for Seat Upgrade

Long Island man arrested after flight to Dominican Republic
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2011 10:17 AM CDT
Rock Diaz of Long Island Wore Army Uniform, Got 1st-Class Seat on Plane: Police
A Long Island man impersonated a soldier and got a first-class seat on a plane, say police.   (Shutterstock)

A Long Island man was arrested after he allegedly posed as a soldier and scored a bump-up to a first-class plane seat from New York to the Dominican Republic. Rock Diaz, 22, had the basic look—he was wearing a standard Army uniform—but he flubbed the details, the New York Post reports. When he was asked his rank, his answer didn’t match the staff sergeant insignia he was wearing; his POW patch was in the wrong place; and his dog tags offered an amusing misspelling, emblazoned with “USA Marines Corp.”

“If you knew anything about the military and you looked at him, you could tell he wasn't really a soldier,” said a policeman. It’s not the first time Diaz has tried the stunt: He once used his fake uniform to land a visit to a jet cockpit. He’s now been charged with second-degree impersonation, though he maintains he “never asked” for special treatment. “The stewardess offered me a new seat and I asked why? They explained it to me in English and I did not understand,” he said. (Read more US Army stories.)

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