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Adventures in the Air and on the Ground

April 19, 2019
Cruz plane

Tossed around on the flight from Atlanta to Reno is no way travel, I can tell you that. Rough skies out west made an already packed cabin even more uncomfortable. Probably shouldn’t have gone down that rabbit hole of YouTube videos on Craziest Plane Landings last week.

I’m not a great flyer. It’s all like a commuter van to me, except at 30,000 feet. (Even in first class, in which I am, I assure you, not.)

But, I’m not complaining. It’s been an adventure. My first presidential campaign embed. You really do get to know the candidate this way.

Walking into the bathroom at the airport in Atlanta I hear someone shout “Cruuuuuz!” Not knowing anyone in the city, I assume it’s one of my myriad southern-state fans (of which there are legion). I turn to see Cory Booker smiling goofily and toting an overstuffed backpack.

“What are you up to?” he asks. “Following you, man,” I reply. “I see that,” he says and whisks away. (He’s running behind. Shocker.)

That’s not even my first Cory Booker bathroom story. Maybe later this week I’ll share the famous bathroom confrontation video from the 2012 DNC convention.

Anyway, as I said, we just flew in from Atlanta. But our connection to Reno (after a 90-minute layover in Salt Lake City) has been delayed. And then delayed again. “The captain has asked for the maintenance crew, so our delay’s going to be a little longer,” says the nice woman over the PA system.

Maintenance crew? Can we just walk to Reno from here? — David Cruz

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