|Quoting N62NA (Reply 2):|
Ah - well if I was on one of those diverted flights, I would be quite, uh, upset.
|Quoting gq (Reply 1):|
Weather wasn't the cause. VIP movement, JFK was in a ground stop because the POTUS is in NYC today
|Quoting bigmo747 (Reply 13):|
Back in 1993-1994, i used to work at EWR. I have seen with my own two eyes that both a BA as well as an AF Concorde diverted to EWR on the same day minutes apart. It was quite a show. PA Police had to get everybody to get back to work on the ramp after the take off show was over Sweet memories
|Quoting BobbyPSP (Reply 11):|
Again, weather caused this...POTUS exacerbated it
|Quoting slinky09 (Reply 20):|
I always find it amusing that people think the POTUS is given an option about where to land and sits and thinks, yup JFK will work for me. I should think these decisions are taken by others, and they're part of the vast machinery of security who are probably unconstrained when it comes to their decision making.
|Quoting N62NA (Thread starter):|
Just saw DL #2 LHR-JFK land here at EWR and the LOT 787 WAW-JFK just landed as well. Seems that the earlier rains caused quite a bit of havoc at JFK.
|Quoting GE9X (Reply 6):|
Why not take Marine One from McGuire AFB or at least a relief airport like SWF?
|Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 23):|
Marine ONE is a high risk, high value target when over open territory that cannot be secured or patrolled. The Secret Service is limiting travel by helicopter to the minimum required. They vastly prefer AF1 into a 'secure' airport.
|Quoting AWACSooner (Reply 21):|
I have to mention that there is more than just a 747 in the POTUS fleet...in fact, there are tons of smaller aircraft that can easily accommodate his entourage...and, as POTUS, he does have some say on which aircraft he can travel on. But he and the powers that be see fit to waste the 747 on a short hop from ADW to JFK.
|Quoting spartanmjf (Reply 8):|
Seriously? Because the politicians mentioned have a penchant to show off.......taxpayers be damned.
|Quoting gq (Reply 18):|
As just mentioned the POTUS arrived later than originally scheduled along with the fact that JFK couldn't go to the more favorable arrival configuration as planned because of airspace restrictions and LGA staying on the LOC 31 approach longer than expected. The revised GDP in affect for JFK in the afternoon was based on the POTUS being at JFK before 3:30. He arrived almost a hour late. He only will land (and depart) a certain runway and the airport is sterilized (no movements) well before he arrives, during his ground movements and until he's well on his way to his NYC location. DAL 2 and LOT 26 specifically diverted due to this.
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