Mexican President Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador will travel commercially to the United States on Tuesday for meetings with US President Donald Trump. This means that the president of the tenth most populous country in the world will hope that his flight will not be delayed, push any transfer to the general cost and pray for a stable cabin temperature, all while dreaming more space for walking. You know, like the rest of us.
The president, who says private presidential planes are the traps of the “neoliberal elite”, should even take a stand. There are no direct flights from Mexico City to Washington, “López Obrador said last week during his daily press conference. But we can connect and arrive in Washington the day before our meeting. “
A State Department spokesman will not confirm the president’s exact route, citing security concerns. But we have a lot more questions than what flight it is.
We have a picture of how the President flies commercially because it’s not the first time he’s done it. He has done so many times on domestic flights to Mexico.
His videos and news show that he begins his travels at the aging airport in Mexico City, which is shocked by travelers looking for a selfie shocked when he sees a president walking.
He then heads safely and goes to his gate. CNN cannot confirm whether it is tempted to buy unnecessary magnets in tourist shops or buy an overpriced coffee.
When he has boarded his plane in the past, he sits on a coach, chatting with other passengers all the time. The spectacle has become a signature for the long-term politician.
However, this week’s flight will be slightly different – the trip will be López Obrador’s first international visit since taking office in December 2018. It is unclear exactly how that could change what has happened. at least domestic, fairly standard operation.
In the US, he will have to go through customs and immigration, although his diplomatic passport must at least give him access to a faster line. It will be an unusual day in the office for any US customs and border guards who have taken this passport.
It is safe;
If you endorse the idea that presidents are targets, then the answer is no – traveling to many public airports and being trapped on planes with strangers increases López Obrador’s exposure to potential threats. But he may disagree.
The president has been avoiding armed guards since taking office, dismantling previous presidential security details. Instead, he travels with a handful of assistants and escorts who usually allow the public direct access to the President.
His office does not disclose the exact details of his travels and often shows up at the airport without warning.
But for this trip to the White House, the President has already publicly stated that he will fly on Tuesday.
A simple internet search shows that there are not many flights to choose from, especially during a pandemic that reduces demand. Of course, Mexican officials could book a series of simple flights, making it more difficult to map out possible flights.
But anyone who wants to see the President in person could make a pretty reasonable guess about which flight would leave Mexico City.
There is also the fact that the President chooses to fly in the middle of a pandemic. The risk of infection from flights can be mitigated when optimal health practices are applied, such as the use of a mask. But López Obrador has never worn a mask in public and it is unclear whether he will do so on this trip.
Mask or not, commercial flight is definitely more dangerous than staying at home or private flight. And López Obrador has his own plane. He just chooses not to use it.
Wait, does he have his own plane !? Why not just use it?
Officially, the Mexican government bought a 787-8 Boeing Dreamliner for presidential use in 2012. The price of the plane was a staggering $ 218.7 million.
López Obrador, a leftist known for his populist positions and a strong base among low-income communities, had long denounced the plane as a notorious example of excessive government and vowed never to use it.
López Obrador said earlier this year that he would sell tickets and get off the plane to the winner. But what exactly would the lucky lottery winner do with a jet-powered passenger plane? He later changed his mind, saying he would still sell tickets to cover the cost of the plane, but instead of giving the winner the plane himself, he would give a cash prize of 20 million pesos instead of 20 winners, equivalent to about 900,000. $.
In the meantime, efforts to sell or lease the aircraft will continue.
Critics say López Obrador’s reluctance to use the plane, or another plane from the Mexican Air Force, is a cheap political ploy designed to attract many Mexican voters who will never be able to buy a plane ticket.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Regardless of which side you are on, commercial flight is definitely the cheapest option. A search on Kayak.com over the weekend for a return ticket, Mexico, Washington, DC, which left on Tuesday and returned on Thursday, was just over $ 1,100 per person.