As stupidity goes, it must be right up there at the top of the table!
The decision to fly Air Force One - the US presidential plane - at low altitude over New York, accompanied by a fighter escort, understandably, caused a minor panic among some of the city's residents.The horrific events of 9/11 are still fresh in the minds of most people and it is almost unbelievable that the US Air Force and the presidential staff, had not allowed for this obvious fact when planning such a flight.
The Mayor of New York was angry and stated that had he been consulted on the plan, he would have suggested it was a very bad idea.
So what was the purpose of a fly-past which caused so much concern? The US airforce wanted to photograph Air Force One flying against the New York backdrop.
Officials at the White House have now apologised and it has been confirmed the president was not on the plane.
It is, however, good to know that tax dollars are being seen to be spent so wisely!!