Delayed At O’Hare Last Night ? Blame Patrick Leahy

Politico’s Mike Allen reports:

On a plane from O’Hare to DCA that was already delayed 1 hour…rolled out of the gate and then stopped while trying to get on the runway. The pilot came on and said there were 30 planes ahead of us and we were going to power down for 30 min and wait in line. The seatbelt sign was turned off and passengers walked about. One of the passengers, the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, walked to the back of the plane. 5 minutes later the pilot came on the loud speaker and said, “folks we’ve been given the go ahead to take off.” As Leahy walked backed to his seat someone said “thanks Senator!” to which he replied “the pilot said he’d do his best.” Chairman Leahy rules!

Nice for those people on the plane with Leahy, obviously. As for the people on the 30 planes ahead of them in line, they’re obviously the little people.

H/T: Byron York

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  1. Mithras says:

    Thank you for bringing this vitally important, well-sourced information to our intention.

  2. drew says:

    Thank you, mithras, for demonstrating that you have your head so buried you can inspect your cecum.

  3. Steve Plunk says:

    It’s a two class system out there folks. Government class and the rest of us. If it’s not crowding in the airport cue it’s favors down at the planning department.