A San Francisco-bound United flight at Dulles Airport outside DC was evacuated around 12:41 p.m. today after experiencing engine problems. "The emergency chutes were deployed," an airport spokesperson told the Washington Post, and everyone—including passenger and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—slid down to safety. Will Ginsburg now have to recuse herself from Slip 'N Slide v. Jetliner Puffy Slides, Inc.?
According to a press agent at the Supreme Court, the New Yorker was headed to the Bay Area to speak at UC Hastings College of the Law, and will board another flight to San Francisco along with the other 178 passengers. "I don't have confirmation that it was an engine problem, but it was not anything inside the cabin," a United flack tells the paper. Presumably nothing like this will happen to Clarence Thomas, because he rides the private jets of his rich Republican pals.