Trump’s Plane Gets Water Cannon Salute

Trump’s Plane Gets Water Cannon Salute

US president-elect Donald Trump has been honored with a water cannon salute at New York’s LaGuardia airport. Two emergency fire trucks sprayed water in the air over the President-elect Donald Trump’s plane. This flight marked the first time the plane was used to transport Trump after he was elected.

But it’s somewhat ironic that Trump would get water cannon salute at an airport. He believes it is one of the worst in the world. “Our airports are like from a Third World country,” Trump said during the first presidential debate back in September. “You land at LaGuardia, you land at Kennedy, you land at LAX, you land at Newark and you come in from Dubai and Qatar and you see these incredible – you come in from China – you see these incredible airports and you land... we become a Third World country.”

Trump was headed to Washington, DC, for a meeting with President Obama to discuss his upcoming transition to the White House. He is also set to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the afternoon.

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The water salute is a touching airport tradition to honor military veterans, foreign dignitaries and new airline service. Salutes typically involve two firefighting rigs spraying arcs of water over an arriving or departing flight. It is a sign of respect, honour and gratitude. Each water cannon salute, which lasts about two minutes, can use as much as 3,000 gallons of water, so it does involve airport fire department resources.

Here are the main reasons for giving a water salute:

  • For a new airline company operating out of the airport for the first time.
  • For a new airplane operating commercially for the first time.
  • If the Captain of the airplane or an ATC member is retiring.
  • If the airline is closing down the route and it's the last flight of that airline from that particular airport.

Here is a video on how it looks from the inside of a cockpit of a Boeing 737 during a water salute.