UN Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who will be stepping down from her post at the end of the year, blasted American Airlines on Twitter for their operational reliability.
Flight delayed yesterday morning. Flight cancelled last night. We had to take the train and didn’t get in until 2:30am. It seems like flights are getting less and less reliable. Where is the accountability for the customer? #TravelNightmares @AmericanAir
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) October 16, 2018
Normally I can easily sort through what flight someone is referring to, but a cancelled evening flight for which a train is substitutable probably means a Shuttle flight between New York and DC (which would make sense for the UN Ambassador) but does not actually help us narrow down the flight in question.
American flight AA4764 from New York LaGuardia to Washington National, the last flight of the night, did operate. That might have suggested to me that she was headed in the opposite direction, from DC to New York, on the guess that American Airlines VIP services staff might have gotten her onto it except that the earlier 7 p.m. departure was delayed past when that flight departed prior to cancelling.
While United’s Newark – Washington National flights were delayed last night due to weather; maintenance; air traffic control; late arriving aircraft and crew they all operated in both directions. All of Delta’s New York LaGuardia – Washington National flights operated as well.
There’s much speculation about why Haley is stepping down from her post at the U.N., including whether she might be appointed U.S. Senator from South Carolina if Lindsey Graham were named attorney general after the midterms (with the President asking for Jeff Sessions to resign). American, though, had better hope she’s not waiting in the wings to replace Elaine Chao at the Department of Transportation.
(HT: Marc R.)