Sat, Nov 13, 2010
Predecesors Have Used Air Force Jets Since September 11,
John Boehner, who will likely become Speaker of the U.S. House
of Representative in January, says he would continue to fly on
commercial airliners as Speaker.
John Boehner (R-OH)
That would be a departure from two of the previous Speakers.
Republican Dennis Hastert held that office on September 11, 2001,
and was advised to fly on Air Force aircraft between his Illinois
district and Washington, D.C. for security reasons. Current Speaker
Nancy Pelosi has come under fire from conservatives for flying back
and forth to her San Francisco district on an Air Force VIP
transport plane which can make the trip without refueling.
Politico reports that Boehner, who has served as the Republican
leader and is presumed to be the front runner for Speaker under the
new GOP majority, said he had been flying commercial to his
district for his entire 20-year congressional career, and does not
see any real need to change. Kerri Hanley, the Deputy House
Sergeant of Arms, said that the security threat has decreased to
the point that the sergeant at arms is "comfortable with him
travelling commercially" both to his district and to other
locations around the country.
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