As a disclaimer, this post is not political.
The other day I flew in to Minneapolis and since I was stuck on a CRJ-700, my rollerboard had to be gate checked. Upon arrival into MSP, the gate agent boarded the plane and told the FAs that the ramp was closed so our bags wouldn't be returned to us at the gate, but at baggage claim. The reason was that President Obama was in town and he was going to leave "soon", but they really had no idea when.
Given that we were already an hour later, I was a bit frustrated as I was running late to my meeting, but it is what it is. So I wandered down to baggage claim and on my way asked myself "If the ramp is closed, how are they going to get the bags to baggage claim?".
Upon reaching the baggage office, I inquired as to when the bags would be out and the agent said they have no idea because of the situation. Since I was obviously frustrated, she offered to pull my bag and hold it for a pick up later. When I went back, I found out it took over an hour for the bags to come out because of the delay, so it was best that I didn't wait.
But, to the point of my post... this isn't the first time the current president has foiled my plans. The most notable occurence was a few years ago, the Friday before Memorial Day as I'm headed to Chicago, we started circling over Lake Michigan for 30 minutes so the President could land.
In all my flying, I've never had such issues with other presidents and I started wondering why President Obama insists on flying into the commercial airports as opposed to the military that are generally more often used. After all, isn't his job to serve the people and not to inconvenience them? This self-centeredness reminds me of an over-entitled elite demanding an upgrade.
At the least, if he insists on flying into commercial airports, maybe he should start being subjected to the TSA and their insanity.