On Monday there was so much government bureaucracy that 1400 pounds of federal paperwork actually delayed an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles.
— Adriana Chavira (@adrianachavira) August 6, 2018
American Airlines flight AA163, the 5:30 p.m. LAX departure, was delayed while the airline offloaded cargo. The pilot explained to passengers that “government documents” had to be removed.
Before offering any speculation about a detailed Mueller indictment, bear in mind that’s unlikely to be sent to the West Coast. Frankly it could be anything. Here are the total rules published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 1997 – 2012.
While airlines are one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country, ‘deregulation’ not withstanding, the Department of Transportation isn’t one of the agencies with the most rules promulgated during this period of time. So it’s surprising to see 1400 pages of government documents slowing down a single flight — even one from the DC area (and National airport has its own myriad set of restrictions).
According to American the flight was indeed delayed to remove 1400 pounds of cargo. The carrier speculated that it could have been US mail (“overstuffed flat-rate boxes and birthday cards bound for the West Coast”) and that high heat led to a weight restriction.