December 18th, 2007
09:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Even presidential candidates get paged at the airport

WASHINGTON (CNN)–The planes wait for no one, not even Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

At Washington's Reagan National airport Tuesday night the Senator from Arizona was paged several times by a gate agent, who warned he had only three minutes to get to his flight.

"Paging passenger John McCain, John McCain," the flight representative called over the public address system.

Fellow passengers stared in disbelief as the Senator briskly walked through the airport to catch his flight to Boston wondering if it really was the presidential candidate.

McCain waved to onlookers as their questions were confirmed. One person shouted, "I love you Mr. President!"

–CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. John G Charleston SC

    Briefly walked through the airport?

    it takes me 2 hours to get on a 30 minute flight...

    The real story here is that lazy airport security didn't make him take off his shoes

    December 18, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. godispretend

    This is not news.

    December 18, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Nathaniel, Somerset Kentucky

    Very interesting. Mostly funny. I'd loved to see him hurrying along and watching the people.

    December 18, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why should a senator be any different when trying to catch a plane. I know that I have missed at least one flight because of something stupid that was solely the airline's fault. I never got a page.

    December 18, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. Matt, New York, New York

    I hope McCain made the flight. He is the only candidate that looks like he should be president. When he wins in November he will join other great Republican Presidents: Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan.

    His experience as a soldier and his knowledge of military history will be great assets in leading the country onward to victory. A McCain/Huckabee ticket will crush all opposition and usher the country into a new era.

    December 18, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Derrick, Hagerstown, MD

    Ha, John McCain has to ride commercial flights because he doesn't have his very own blimp 🙂

    Look out John, you're about to get passed by the *real* maverick in the race.

    December 18, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Matt A. , Marietta, GA

    "One person shouted, "I love you Mr. President!""

    Wow. What a loser.

    December 19, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  8. Independent in IA

    (snicker, snicker) Gee, that phone call was probably from 'ol George, wanting to personally thank McCain for his funding vote, and to tell him to keep listening for the doggie whistle .

    December 19, 2007 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  9. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    Are we still calling John McCain a candidate?

    I would have voted for him in 2000 before he became GW's lapdog.

    Also, "Bomb-bomb Iran". How stupid was that? Even *if* he's crazy enough to want to invade Iraq why did he give the Iranian press a field day to look like an idiot on the world stage? That and the shopping day with a couple of platoons of his closest friends are McCain's Howard-Dean-Yeaargh!-moment for me.

    December 19, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  10. therealist

    WOW!(rubbing eyes) A politician that actually cares about the amount of CO2 he/she is producing??

    December 19, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |