Francis Slay in Planes, Trains and Automobiles


Slay reacts to news that he won't be home for Snowmaggedon '11.
  • Slay reacts to news that he won't be home for Snowmaggedon '11.
Updated 8:35 a.m. with a hilarious new out take!

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay missed the blizzard that sacked much of Missouri yesterday and left his fair city coated in a few inches of ice and sleet.

The mayor was in Albuquerque. As the St. Louis Beacon reports, Slay tried to fly home Monday to join his staff at their emergency weather bunker in the basement of Soldiers' Memorial. But his Southwest Airlines flight was canceled due to the weather. The Beacon adds that the mayor made an attempt to travel home by car before deciding to hop on a train.

Slay is now expected to arrive home today and was last reported as being eastbound on the Amtrak's Southwest Chief. That's the people train.

Update: I've just been informed that Slay and his train are as far east as Kansas City. He was in California's Bay Area over the weekend attending a Golden State Warriors basketball game with his son, who is friends with NBA player (and Chaminade grad) David Lee.

Their Southwest return flight Monday stopped in Albuquerque where all St. Louis passengers were told to get off the plane because the St. Louis airport was closed. However, the airport was not actually closed. Apparently Slay even had the director of the St. Louis airport on his cell phone as he tried in vain to argue with the Southwest desk clerk.

DailyRFT has obtained an exclusive video of that exchange. Enjoy:

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