It's horrible, stewardess reveals the ordeal of flying with the President of Mexico


The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, makes policemen and hostesses tremble when he gets on a commercial plane.

Mexican president on a commercial flight. Photo: Courtesy of El Sol de México
Mexican president on a commercial flight. Photo: Courtesy of El Sol de México

"Sure, the photos you want," AMLO smiled, as he is also known, a woman who intercepted him with his cell phone camera ready just as he walked to the plane room that took him to Sinaloa, the land of the capo Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, who received a verdict that will leave him behind bars until his death.

Behind the enthusiastic woman, in a matter of seconds, swirls of people surrounded the president who started his government pulling the whiskers of the ferocious "huachicoleros", gasoline thieves, which translated into a direct threat to him in which they demanded the withdrawal of soldiers who fight this crime.

López Obrador ordered that the thousands of military escorts who have cared for the presidents work "for the benefit of the people", and replaced them with an "Assistantship" headed by Daniel Asaf, a restaurateur of Lebanese origin and ex-candidate for the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City.

This body is composed of professionals who are not specialized in security, its main characteristic is its "loyalty".

Three women and two men from that group accompanied him to Sinaloa, and during the trip, they concentrated on shoving away the reporters and asking "please" the people to release the president once the selfie had been taken.

This is the most popular president: 80% acceptance, according to the latest survey by the firm Mitofsky.

And that massive acceptance kneaded her promising in the campaign to reduce the salary and that of the highest officials.

The presidential plane that only its predecessor used, a Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 that cost more than 218 million dollars, is already on sale in California, United States.

"How am I going to get on that plane when there is so much poverty in Mexico," said López Obrador.

So he travels on commercial flights. In Sinaloa, part of the "Golden Triangle" known for the large marijuana and poppy crops, and the area of bitter clashes between drug traffickers, arrived in a small and uncomfortable Jet Embraer.

But his eagerness for austerity when travelling began from his arrival at the security filters of the airport in Mexico City, an area guarded by unarmed private guards.

Attentive to the airport workers, López Obrador took off his cell phone, jacket, from the coins and keys he had in his pants pockets, and like any other passenger, he also took off his belt.

From a distance a federal policeman assigned to the air terminal watched him.

"When you have to cross the entire airport to board, it's the worst, people jump in. If someone wants to do something to you one day, we can not stop you because you do not like to be guarded," the officer warned.

"He cannot walk like this anymore, he will have to use the VIP room," the policeman said, preferring to remain anonymous. When he reached the line to board, he was also easy prey for the press. After mentioning that he was going to one of the most dangerous areas of the country, the AFP consulted him about his lack of escorts: "Does he bring at least a bulletproof vest?"

"I bring a lot of protection, this is a stop!" He said, showing the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a red heart. "Stop, the heart of Jesus is with me," he responded by reading aloud the prayer that accompanies the image.

A shamrock and a dollar that a Mexican migrant gave him are also part of his amulets.

"It's horrible" to fly with him

Already on top of the plane, from his seat stuck to the window, he was still granting photographs. One of them was Carmen Diaz, a 52-year-old housewife who travelled to Sinaloa for a party.

"I never would have expected it, I once thought that this [travelling on the same flight] would be unsafe for all passengers but (...) on the contrary because they watch the flight more," she said happily.

"See how people pile up, they surround you, they care for you," said Guillermo Von Boster, a 68-year-old merchant captain.

But an angry hostess opined otherwise. "It's horrible to come on my flight, people ignore the indications, they stand up from their seats, even in turbulence, and the press does not understand that their cameras can turn into projectiles in case the plane suffers an unexpected I hope I never travel with my family, "said Alejandra Martínez.

Upon leaving the plane, the president receives as a first scene at the airport in Culiacan, Sinaloa, a crowd among those who are sympathetic and angry wives of hundreds of policemen killed in the fight against drug trafficking.

Without having time to attend them, López Obrador got lost in the crowd to go under guard by a convoy of escorts from the regional governor to Badiraguato, where "El Chapo" was born 61 years ago.

Passengers line up to take a selfie with the President of Mexico on a commercial flight