John Kerry forced to fly commercial to DC

Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to take a commercial flight from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., when his Air Force jet broke down, The Washington Post reports

The Boeing 757 that Kerry normally flies on was left at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, after it began experiencing problems, according to the report. 

The problems forced Kerry to fly back to the capital on Thursday on a United Airlines flight. 

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“Finally, some frequent-flier miles,” a senior State Department official quipped about the alternate flight plans. 

Kerry was completing a trip that included visits to Afghanistan, Burma, Australia and the Solomon Islands. 

The secretary of State and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee was seated in first class on the flight, according to the report.