New York Mayor and noted populist Bill de Blasio held up an entire plane because he was running late. According to New York Magazine:
If you have Bill de Blasio for secret Santa, please consider purchasing him a functioning alarm clock. The perennially tardy mayor reportedly held up a JetBlue flight at JFK in November when he showed up just ten minutes before it was scheduled to leave. JetBlue made the other passengers wait to board until his security detail had swept the aircraft and de Blasio was seated.
The irony is that de Blasio was likely flying commercial to demonstrate his populist bonafides. But unless he’s willing to live by the rules and inconveniences the rest of us suffer—including the occasional missed flight—it doesn’t count, your honor. And when you try to live by elite rules in the common world, it messes things up for everyone else.Politicians are busy people, and at the risk of sounding like an East Coast, Inside-the-Beltway magazine, we might want to consider cutting them some slack when they fly private or government—on the grounds that it actually helps keep them out of the rest of our hair.