All Cleared for Takeoff
BUCHAREST, Romania -- So why did President Bush abruptly bolt from the last NATO discussion of the day? Maybe he was annoyed to learn the latest news: The White House press charter has been cleared to follow him to his next stop after all.
United Airlines grounded all of its Boeing 777 jumbo jets yesterday because it had not conducted needed inspections of their fire suppression systems. That grounding included the chartered plane ferrying most of the White House press corps as well as a number of White House staff and Secret Service officers on Bush's European trip.
United reported today that it has now taken care of the problem and the charter will take off tomorrow along with Air Force One en route to Bush's next stop in Zagreb, Croatia. "All of our aircraft but one are back in service, including the plane in Bucharest," United Airlines spokesperson Jeff Kovick said in a statement.
-- Peter Baker
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