HONOLULU, Aug 15, 2014 (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to go commercial for the nine-hour flight between Hawaii and Washington on Thursday after his Air Force jet suffered a malfunction.
Kerry, along with many staff members and reporters, including AFP, who had accompanied the top US diplomat on his week-long world tour, ended up boarding a United Airlines flight from Honolulu.
Kerry's regular plane, a Boeing 757 that has carried him across more than 515,000 miles to 51 countries over the last year and a half, suffered an "electrical problem" on the ground at a US air base near Honolulu.
"Finally, some frequent-flier miles," Kerry joked as he awaited the new flight.
He was returning home from a global tour through Afghanistan, Australia, Myanmar and the Solomon Islands as part of the US administration's "rebalance" to Asia.