Essex fog wrecks Obama travel plans

THE Essex weather forced a last-minute change of plan as President Barack Obama left Britain for the next leg of his world tour.

Graham Dines

THE Essex weather forced a last-minute change of plan as President Barack Obama left Britain for the next leg of his world tour.

Visibility was down to less than 100 yards, forcing security experts to veto plans to fly the President and Mrs Obama by helicopter from the Regent's Park home of the United States ambassador to Stansted airport.

Instead, he was driven there in the bullet proof presidential limousine, and the 10 vehicle convoy swept through north London and up the M11 to Stansted.


You may also want to watch:


Intense security meant that Air Force One was parked on the far side of the airport, which meant that departing passengers in commercial flights had no chance to see President and Mrs Obama.

The airport was closed and in-bound flights delayed until Air Force One took of, heading for Strasbourg and the NATO summit.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus