First ladies: They’re actually just like us. Melania Trump on Wednesday proved that even the wife of the most powerful guy on the planet isn’t immune to the kind of woes that can plague the common traveler. She was scheduled to leave Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for a flight to Philadelphia, where she planned to visit a hospital, but had to return to the military base after smoke and a burning odor filled the cabin.

The government jet turned tail, and FLOTUS, her entourage and members of the media had to switch planes. A flight attendant helpfully offered damp cloths to guard against the smoke and smell.

“Minor mechanical problem,” her spokeswoman said and promised more information after a diagnostics check. Back in Washington, the president mustered a joke about the inconvenience, telling reporters that he had spoken to his wife. “I said, ‘I hope this plane’s better than the first one.’ ”

After the bit of turbulence, the rest of the trip was smooth cruising: Mrs. Trump visited Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, arriving just a bit late to deliver brief remarks at a conference sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services on neonatal abstinence syndrome, which affects children born to opioid-addicted mothers. (“Sorry for the delay,” she said.)

“There are few things harder to bear than seeing a newborn suffer. And I am anxious to do all that I can to help shine a light on this epidemic,” she added, before touring a neonatal intensive care unit there.