The flight was delayed seven hours after the Brood X cicadas disrupted the mechanics of the press plane. Weather and crew rest problems also contributed to the delay. The plane was later exchanged for another, and the flight took off shortly after 4 am on Wednesday.
Even Biden was not spared.
“Beware of cicadas,” the president told reporters. “I just got one. It caught me.”
The president brushed a cicada from his neck after arriving at Joint Base Andrews for Wednesday’s flight. “Beware of cicadas,” the president told reporters. “I just got one. It caught me.”
Washington DC is among the many regions in the US that have been invaded by Brood X cicadas. The insects emerge from the ground every 17 years and swoop, bombarding moving vehicles and unsuspecting bystanders.