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It wasn't your typical flight delays that thwarted Sen. Ted Lieu's Monday morning commute to Sacramento. The Torrance Democrat was diagnosed with an ear infection and under doctor's orders not to take the 75-minute flight to work.

But instead of calling in sick, Lieu opted for an alternative route back to Sacramento. He boarded a Greyhound Bus. The nine-hour ride, which left at around 11 a.m., landed Lieu in the capital after 8 p.m. While the trek meant rescheduling at least one bill set to be heard in committee, Lieu was able to make light of the situation on his Twitter account:

On Greyhound from LA to Sac (ear infection). Plus side is I'm not on aging #Southwest 737-300 jet where the fuselage could blow open.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

No word on whether he got a Southwest refund to put toward his $64 bus fare.


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