Czech spotters are preparing for Air Force One and the Secret Service

In Politics, Prague, Travel on March 17, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,


Ryanair (c) Petr Bokuvka

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Prague on April 4-5 and Czech spotters are getting ready for a unique visitor to the Prague Ruzyne Airport – Air Force One.

There are only two runways so they should know well in advance which is going to be in use. Another thing they are getting ready for are pain-in-the-ass cops, and even Secret Service agents. Some cops are known for harassing people who stand on a parking lot, or other similar public place, near the airport fence and take pictures of departing and arriving aircraft. The spotters discuss typical situations when cops would ask for an ID just as the spotter is about to snap it.

A U.S. Secret Service agent has no jurisdiction over a Czech citizen on the Czech soil. So if such an agent accompanied by a Czech cop approaches a spotter and confronts them about being there, the spotter can legally say: [to the Czech cop] Good morning, Sir and [to the USSS agent] Give me a f*cking break.

I know, I know, it is a precaution to protect Obama. But all they have to do is observe the spotters from a distance for one minute, to find out they possess no rocket launcher…


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