Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mitt Romney: 'Why Don't Airplane Windows Open?'

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has been immune from moments of "open mouth, insert foot." The GOP presidential contender is responsible for the latest when he asked supporters recently why airplane windows didn't open.

At a Beverly Hills fundraiser on Saturday, Romney commented on his wife Ann's recent scare in the air. Her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Colorado on Friday after the airplane's cabin filled with smoke on its way to Los Angeles. About the in-flight mishap, Romney said:

“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. 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.”

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