An airplane the White House chartered to carry journalists from Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. to Europe was grounded late Wednesday due to a swarm of cicadas.
The journalists’ departure was delayed from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and then once again until around 2 a.m. Thursday, reported The New York Times. Some journalists took to social media to express their frustration at insects delaying their plane. (RELATED: Giant Cicada Blamed For Car Crash)
And after a delay of nearly 7 hours, we’re finally wheels up to the UK and the G7— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 9, 2021
Stupid cicadas https://t.co/lpZktUXUpf
“The White House press charter, flying from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, has been delayed for hours – due to mechanical issues caused by cicadas,” wrote The Associated Press’s Jonathan Lemire on Twitter. “Stupid cicadas,” he said in another post.
“No, [Lemire] isn’t kidding, the White House press charter for the foreign trip is delayed several hours because of cicada-related mechanical issues,” CNN chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins tweeted.
Another reason to dislike cicadas: “cicada strike”disabled White House press plane set to depart for G7 in Cornwall last night. Waiting to board replacement aircraft 6 hours later…— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 9, 2021
Biden plans to work toward improving ties with Europe and reaffirming America’s global leadership, according to NPR.