Wedding bells and baggage carousels! The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may not be the most ideal place for two people in love to get married, but it turned out to be the venue of choice for one couple. Their spur of the moment ceremony was officiated by an airport worker who's now in some trouble, though the reason remains unclear.
If you learn one thing working in an airport, it's that time stops for no one. So when MSP Airport police officer Steve Alveby discovered his fiancee Wendy Mathews had lost her job and health benefits, the 38-year-veteran knew he had to act fast.
"So I went and got the license and found three people at the airport who were certified to do this," Alveby said.
One of the people he turned to for the spur of the moment marriage was Sgt. Tim Toyen, and it all happened right in airport baggage claim. At the time, no one thought they were doing anything wrong, but airport police disagree.
According to the couple, Sgt. Toyen is now facing a 5-day unpaid suspension -- a confusing response considering he was off-duty and on his lunch break. Airport police declined to comment and called the situation "an active personal matter." Exactly what rules were broken remain at this point a mystery.
Officer Alveby has since retired, but that was planned long before the marriage controversy. The couple says they feel guilty about what has happened to their good friend. Meanwhile, Sgt. Toyen is staying silent about the matter, but did tell the newlyweds he still felt honored to be a part of their wedding.