Outgoing President's Streak Of Angering Citizenry Continues
If you thought President George W.
Bush's approval ratings in the United States were low, you might
want to ask the opinions of any of the 40,000 travelers stranded at
London's Heathrow Airport last week, as the president made a
stopover at the busy European entry point.
According to The Associated Press, Heathrow operator BAA
confirmed Tuesday that 32 arrivals and 36 departures -- almost all
of them British Airways flights -- were canceled June 15-16, during
Bush's final visit as president to England.
The company had no official numbers on how many flights were
delayed, or otherwise inconvenienced... but says that works out to
40,000 passengers forced to make alternate plans, if only
"BAA, the airlines and other business partners at Heathrow did
everything in their power to minimize disruption at the airport
during George Bush's presidential visit," BAA said. "Despite our
best efforts some disruption did occur, for which we apologize to
It's not uncommon for airport operations to come to a screeching
halt when the President's in town, due to the necessarily tight
security restrictions. But British Airways CEO Willie Walsh said
the disruption in operations at Heathrow, the carrier's hub, wasn't
necessary at all.
"The decision to allow President Bush and his fleet of aircraft
to fly into Heathrow rather than a military base was one all of
Heathrow's users could have done without," Walsh said in the
airline's employee news letter. "I am also angry that this was
Perhaps that emotion might also be tempered by some relief,
however... as this time, at least, delays at Heathrow had nothing
to do with
BA's problematic Terminal 5,
angry supermodels, or
And hey... at least Bush didn't delay flights so he could get a
haircut, unlike some OTHER US Presidents...