The problem with the president’s plane

It really wasn’t a big deal when a big jet executed a “missed approach” because of bad weather in Hartford, Connecticut today. But the big jet had the president of the United States in it, so it’s in the news.

But anytime Air Force One is near an airport, it causes big problems for other pilots and airlines because everything shuts down. So when Air Force one had to “go around” today, at least one pilot reported he was running out of fuel and may have to return to Newark rather than circle Hartford waiting for the president’s plane to get on the ground.

Here’s how it all sounded in conversations between pilots, Hartford’s Approach Control, and the tower at Bradley International Airport this morning. In the interest of time, I’ve “telescoped” the audio somewhat. (Audio from

The president was in Connecticut to speak to graduates of the Coast Guard Academy.

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