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Buttigieg’s Ambitions Dented by Air-Travel Meltdown

  • Aviation crises undercut Democrat ahead of White House run
  • Former mayor could get boost if he succeeds in airline reforms
Pete Buttigieg
Pete ButtigiegPhotographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg
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A series of transportation calamities is tarnishing Pete Buttigieg’s political prospects, threatening to hamper his ability to use his high-profile cabinet position as a springboard for a widely-expected second White House bid once President Joe Biden leaves office. 

A Federal Aviation Administration meltdown earlier this week that grounded flights across the US was the latest debacle to erupt within Buttigieg’s portfolio as Transportation secretary. It unfolded just weeks after the former small-town mayor faced tough questions about his handling of Southwest Airlines’ stranding of thousands of passengers nationwide during the holidays.