By Kevin Bogardus - 09/22/12 01:44 PM EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ran into trouble with his flight back to Washington on Friday and took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
“Trying to get to DC for early morning votes tonight but let's just say this has not been the best week in American Airlines history,” Rubio tweeted. “Every American flight I have been on this week has been at least two hours late or cancelled. This one already one hour delayed.”
“Delaying flight for ‘maintenance’ to squeeze connectors from other flight, oldest trick in book.Feel bad for crew.#cmonman#AmericanAirlines,” Rubio tweeted.
The senator, however, praised the flight crew. He said they were “top notch” and were not participating in “sick outs,” where a number of the airline pilots have been calling in sick because of a labor dispute.
“Hearing from some about American sick outs. Not on this flight. Pilot member of #teaparty,” Rubio tweeted. “Pilots are two military veterans, lovers of liberty and believers in constitution. They tell me ‘sickouts’ is not true. Airline understaffed.”
It looks like Rubio did make it onto his flight after the initial delay.
“Oh guess what? They fixed the plane! Just as the last of the connecting passengers finished boarding. #magic,” Rubio tweeted. “I must now turn [off] my electronic device. I hope tonight's tirade didn't cost me my Executive Platinum status.”
The Florida Republican was at Friday's late-night votes in the Senate, and was one of the 30 senators to vote against the spending bill.