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Flying insects swarm Joe Biden on tarmac, stops aircraft carrying White House press from flying  

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Joe Biden wasn’t spared and had to swat away a cicada, saying: “Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one. It got me.”

Even the US president wasn’t spared and had to swat away a cicada as he boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for his flight to the UK, saying: “Watch out for the cicadas. I just got one. It got me.”

The cicadas – noisy insects which emerge every 17 years – managed to fill the engines of the White House plane carrying journalists at Washington Dulles International Airport shortly before its departure.

After officials were notified of the invasion on Tuesday, a new plane was sent to Washington from New York.

The media pack was looked after at an airport hotel and eventually boarded a flight which left the US more than six hours behind schedule.

The insects, seen here at the base of a tree in New Jersey, delayed the White House media pack
The insects, seen here at the base of a tree in New Jersey, delayed the White House media pack

Mr. Biden, who will arrive in the UK on Air Force One on Wednesday, will be making his first trip abroad since taking over as president.

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