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Air Force One and closed air space

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My daughter experienced something I had never heard of last week. She was flying DCA-FLL and Obama was flying into West Palm Beach at about the same time. Her flight left DCA on-time, with on-time arrival predicted - so off I went to the airport to pick her up. The roads around FLL airport were gridlocked at 9 PM, cell phone lot full. people circling around the airport. Her flight was almost an hour late, and she said pilot explained that because of closed airspace they, and many other flights, were not allowed to land or fly close to FLL for a period of time, so they circled - creating backup both on the ground and in the air/at gates. She said JetBlue explained that they can not delay departure or announce this prior to flight for security reasons.

Makes sense - just surprised. Anyone else experience in-air Air Force One delays?

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