An airport worker kept Jeremy Clarkson off a UK-bound flight because of a Top Gear special, it has been reported.
The ex-Top Gear host claimed Stuttgart Airport worker Manuel Pereira had said he was from Argentina as he stopped him boarding a flight in Germany on Monday.
Top Gear’s Argentina special prompted protests over a car number plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War.
A spokesman for Stuttgart Airport told the BBC Mr Clarkson and his team had missed several calls for their flight.
He said that the other passengers had already boarded, and added: “Due to airline policy after a certain time of absence the luggage will be removed from the aircraft and the missing passengers will be withdrawn from the passenger list.
“From this point there is no chance for boarding, even if the passengers show up.”
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The representative said the incident would be investigated by its partner company, S.Stuttgart Ground Services, and that the “personal behaviour” described in The Sun did “not conform to our approach on customer service at Stuttgart Airport”.
He added: “We do already know that the employee mentioned is Spanish, not Argentinian.”
According to The Sun, Mr Clarkson had been waiting to return to the UK with fellow ex-Top Gear presenters James May and Richard Hammond when the alleged incident took place.
The presenter, whose new show The Grand Tour makes its debut this week on the Amazon Prime streaming service, claimed he and his team had been stopped at the departure gate before being told they had missed their flight.
Mr Clarkson, who writes a weekly column for The Sun, claimed Mr Pereira had claimed to be from Argentina and had used a profanity. He had then “marched off looking pleased with himself,” the presenter continued.
He also claimed other airport workers suggested he and his co-presenters were “too drunk” to fly, when they had only had “one can of beer”.
‘Polite and professional’
The Sun said Mr Pereira had denied he was from Argentina or that he had sworn at Mr Clarkson when the paper spoke to him on Tuesday.
“I would never say such a thing,” he is quoted as saying in Wednesday’s edition of the paper. “I wasn’t rude. I was polite and professional.”
According to Mr Clarkson, the flight he and his team ended up taking arrived in London before the one they missed.
Read more: www.bbc.co.uk