According to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, his wife’s airplane troubles last week could have been avoided if only passengers could roll down their windows while a plane is in flight.
Ann Romney’s plane was forced to land in Colorado last Friday due to an apparent electrical fire that filled the plane’s cabin with smoke. The plane was en route to Los Angeles, but landed in Denver, where it was met with emergency vehicles on the runway, reports CNN. The incident was confirmed by Secret Service officials and Mitt Romney’s campaign with spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeting “All okay. Thank goodness,” after the incident.
Thankfully there were no injuries or casualties, aside from public perception of Mitt Romney after the candidate responded to the incident, revealing that while he may be able to afford pretty airplanes, he doesn’t really understand how they work.
“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney told the LA Times. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”
You can’t just roll down the windows on an aircraft because the cabins are pressurized so that they can fly safely at altitudes of tens of thousands of feet.
If I had bet that Mitt Romney could go a week without painfully gaffing, I would have just lost. Good thing I’m no gambler.