By far one of Bermuda’s greatest assets is its accessibility, with non-stop flights no more than two hours from most east coast gateways. Of course, if you have a private jet none of that matters. You just call your pilot and off you go. Clearly not all of us are that privileged, but if you’re one of the richest people in the world and perhaps, happen to be the mayor of New York City, chances are you’ll be flying private. Which is exactly what Mike Bloomberg did while Gotham was getting walloped by a huge blizzard last December. Reports the New York Times City Room blog, Bloomberg’s plane was seen pulling out of its hangar at Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International, ready for take off on December 26 long after the five boroughs got buried underneath a pile of snow. Until the report, there’d been much speculation where the Mayor was that now infamous day in December, but clearly he was holed up in his fancy Tucker’s Town home on Christmas Day. Writes the New York Times’ Michael Barbaro, “Pressed on Tuesday about the possibility, based on the movement’s of his plane, that the mayor might have waited 24 hours to return to New York, Mr. Bloomberg replied simply: ‘I don’t know where you get that information,’ adding, ‘I was totally in communications and in charge and accountable all the time.’” Of course you were Mr. Mayor. You might’ve been sipping on a rum swizzle while getting serenaded by a cacophony of tree frogs, but hey, who am I to split hairs?
is a Bermuda-based travel writer and television correspondent. To read his work visit DavidLaHuta.com or to follow him on Twitter visit Twitter.com/DavidLaHuta. Visiting Bermuda? Read his story, 36 Hours in Bermuda, which appeared in the New York Times travel section in September 2009 (http://bit.ly/36HoursBermuda) and Jetsetter's The Many Faces of Bermuda, which ran in January 2011 (http://bit.ly/FacesOfBDA).