No one is immune to problems with plane overbooking nowadays, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer learned it the hard way this morning.
Mr. Spicer was expected to travel with the President to Mr. Trump’s private club in Mar-a-Lago for the weekend but had to get off Air Force One due to an overbooking conflict.
According to sources close to the White House, a last-minute decision to include the President’s daughter Ivanka to the passenger list created an overbooking problem aboard the plane.
These same sources say the President decided that Mr. Spicer would be the one to stay in Washington, telling him to get off the plane two hours after he had boarded.
The White House press secretary was confronted by reporters after the incident, but he refused to answer any questions.
“That’s not something worth writing about. There was simply a little overbooking problem, that’s all.”
Despite the secretary’s attempt to minimize the incident, this is the first time in history that a passenger is kicked off Air Force One due of overbooking problems.
Bumping passengers from overbooked flights is a practice that is rather common among international airline companies, and some recent incidents have drawn a lot of public and media attention on the phenomenon.
It is surprising to see such problems on Air Force One, however, and many experts believe that the incident hints that there may be some internal problems within the Trump administration.
Many analysts have already theorized that Mr. Spicer could have fallen into disgrace with the President, while others believe the President simply wanted to spend time with his daughter.
Neither Mr. Trump nor Mr. Spicer have given their versions of the incident.