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Glitch puts Air Force One on a commercial route

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NEW YORK (Reuters) — President Clinton got a taste of post-presidential travel Tuesday when a radar glitch forced Air Force One to fly along a commercial route, delaying his arrival at a campaign event in New York.

White House spokesman Jake Siewert said radar systems in the Louisville, Ky., area went down temporarily Tuesday afternoon, prompting the crew of the presidential jet to plot an alternative travel route for Clinton's trip to New York.

Clinton had been in Louisville stumping for state Rep. Eleanor Jordan, who is trying to become the first black to represent the state in Congress.

"We flew with the radar down through ordinary commercial routes," rather than flying a direct path that Air Force One normally takes, Siewert said.