Hanabusa enjoys a good puzzle to pass the time of a 12-hour flight to the islands.
“I’ve always liked puzzles,” she says. “I do Sudoku, and recently somebody gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas.”
She also enjoys reading books that relate to her work as a lawmaker.
“I recently read this book called ‘Democracy’s Arsenal’ that I think is really good for anybody interested in the future of the military. It’s an excellent book,” says Hanabusa, who serves on the Armed Services Committee.
While a rocky flight might startle the uninitiated, Hanabusa draws on her experiences as a seasoned flier to maintain her composure.
“The worst airplane ride I can remember, when I was a younger kid we lost an engine and we were in the middle of the Pacific and we had to turn around. ... I think once you experience those things, turbulence is minor,” she says.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.