^ The trip probably would have taken longer by shuttle. Spock was not the first Vulcan in Starfleet, so this shouldn't a new and unique scenario. What if this situation arose on a ship with an all-Vulcan crew and some admiral said, "No, you have to take your ship to that all-important inaugural ceremony."
KOMACK (on monitor)
: Altair Six is no ordinary matter. That area is just putting itself together after a long interplanetary conflict. This inauguration will stabilize the entire Altair system. Our appearance there is a demonstration of friendship and strength which will cause ripples clear to the Klingon Empire.