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John Boehner says he'll fly commercial as speaker

By Felicia Sonmez

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that he plans to continue flying commercially after he becomes House speaker, a departure from the practice of his two predecessors.

"Well, I have talked to our security folks about the security that's involved in my new role, but over the last 20 years, I have flown back and forth to my district on the commercial aircraft, and I'm going to continue to do that," Boehner told reporters at a Capitol briefing.

House speakers historically have flown in commercial aircraft, as have rank-and-file members of Congress. But after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, the speaker, who is number two in the presidential line of succession after the vice president, has been allowed the use of military aircraft for security purposes.

Former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) had flown commercially before the attacks; afterward, he used a small Air Force jet to fly to and from Illinois. In 2007, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) came under fire from Republicans for flying in an aircraft larger than the one Hastert used. Officials contended that it was necessary to have a larger plane so that Pelosi would not have to stop for refueling mid-trip.

A Boehner spokesperson said that the incoming speaker had cleared his plans with security officials.

Fox News reported Wednesday that House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood released a statement indicating that Boehner may indeed be able to fly commercially.

"Based on the current security assessment, the House sergeant-at-arms is comfortable with Leader Boehner utilizing commercial aircraft," Livingood said.

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 10, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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Forget that it will be inconvenient for the cattle, I mean people-- on the plane with security personnel and thoroughly checking the plane and passengers. Delays--those are for you little people.
But with his entourage, will it actualy cost less? Do secret service people fly free?

Posted by: wd1214 | November 14, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Forget that it will be inconvenient for the cattle, I mean people-- on the plane with security personnel and thoroughly checking the plane and passengers. Delays--those are for you little people.
But with his entourage, will it actualy cost less? Do secret service people fly free?

Posted by: wd1214 | November 14, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Forget that it will be inconvenient for the cattle, I mean people-- on the plane with security personnel and thoroughly checking the plane and passengers. Delays--those are for you little people.
But with his entourage, will it actualy cost less? Do secret service people fly free?

Posted by: wd1214 | November 14, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I refuse to fly until the full-body scanners are removed. I refuse to allow perverts to see my wife and daughters naked! I hope the airlines understand this intrusion will cost them dearly. I refuse to fly!

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Posted by: itkonlyyou371 | November 11, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

No matter how Mr. Boehner does it, he'll be way cheaper as speaker than Ms. Pelosi was, with her 1.2 million annual flight costs and half a million annually office rents.

I'm not terribly fond of him, but it does appear he's going to be far less greedy than Pelosi was.

Posted by: deadmanwalking | November 11, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Given the statement of flying commercial is nothing more than lip service because he, by virtue of his position, does not get the same treatment the rest of us go through to get on board. It has been reported that Boehner leaves in the back of the airplane into a car waiting on the tarmac instead of through the terminal.

Posted by: beeker25 | November 11, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

J751...do you have a copy of that $2,000,000 bar tab you said was for Nancy??? I'd love to see it, or is it just another made up REPUB story like last weeks HUGE LIE about the Prez trip to increase exports that was to include 34 war ships and to cost $200,000,000?

Hey maybe it was actually Boehner's bar tab..he's very well known to never pass a open bar...

Posted by: meyer390 | November 11, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Should John A. Boehner, experience some of the aggressive pat downs and strong X-Rays the airports are conducting, he may work in effort to get the intrussion into our private parts cancelled from security procedures!

This X Ray and pat down procedure is just a ploy to get us to concede to Government enforcement! Another Globalist control tool!

I am not happy with Boehner as House speaker, I believe Ron Paul would do a far more superior job!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 11, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Should John A. Boehner, experience some of the aggressive pat downs and strong X-Rays the airports are conducting, he may work in effort to get the intrussion into our private parts cancelled from security procedures!

This is just a ploy to get us to concede to Government enforcement! Another Globalist control tool!

I am not happy with Boehner as House speaker, I believe Ron Paul would do a far more superior job!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 11, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Should John A. Boehner, experience some of the aggressive pat downs and strong X-Rays the airports are conducting, he may work in effort to get the intrussion into our private parts cancelled from security procedures!

This is just a ploy to get us to concede to Government enforcement! Another Globalist control tool!

I am not happy with Boehner as House speaker, I believe Ron Paul would do a far more superior job!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 11, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Should John A. Boehner, experience some of the aggressive pat downs and strong X-Rays the airports are conducting, he may work in effort to get the intrussion into our private parts cancelled from security procedures!

This is just a ploy to get us to concede to Government enforcement! Another Globalist control tool!

I am not happy with Boehner as House speaker, I believe Ron Paul would do a far more superior job!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 11, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Should John A. Boehner, experience some of the aggressive pat downs and strong X-Rays the airports are conducting, he may work in effort to get the intrussion into our private parts cancelled from security procedures!

This is just a ploy to get us to concede to Government enforcement! Another Globalist control tool!

I am not happy with Boehner as House speaker, I believe Ron Paul would do a far more superior job!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 11, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Should John A. Boehner, experience some of the aggressive pat downs and strong X-Rays the airports are conducting, he may work in effort to get the intrussion into our private parts cancelled from security procedures!

This is just a ploy to get us to concede to Government enforcement! Another Globalist control tool!

I am not happy with Boehner as House speaker, I believe Ron Paul would do a far more superior job!

Posted by: PaulRevere4 | November 11, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't see the big deal here. If Barry gets bopped, Biden becomes Pres, appoints a new VP and Bohner is still 2nd in line. If biden gets offed, barry appoints a new VP and Bhoner is still 2nd in line. BO and Biden are almost never together so a disaster probably won't happen to them simultaniously.

Posted by: pete0097 | November 11, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The decision to use commercial will save millions of dollars a year. A single personal responsible decision.

Sarah Palin made the same decision when she became Governor of Alaska.

Imagine if all politicians made the same types of decisions ? Imagine if Obama scaled back his Imperial presidency ? tens or hundreds of millions might be saved.

Surely in hard times.. such decisions are more than symbolic ? Why do liberals pooh-poo them ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 11, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse


Yep, first class all the way with all the drinks he can muster. Screw the public flyers that are squished in like sardines--a little extra discomfort and waiting for them is just the inconvenience taxpayer must face for having Boehner as speaker. Nope, no hopping in a C-150 for him.

Posted by: wd1214 | November 11, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse


Yep, first class all the way with all the drinks he can muster. Screw the public flyers that are squished in like sardines--a little extra discomfort and waiting for them is just the inconvenience taxpayer must face for having Boehner as speaker. Nope, no hopping in a C-150 for him.

Posted by: wd1214 | November 11, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

It's not a question of how he gets to DC that matters but what he does when he gets there. Up till now he's done nothing other than play politics and drag his feet.

Let's give him the benefit of the doubt for the next couple months and see what he does with his position as Speaker of the House.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | November 11, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

My Lord, the density of some of these posters. This is what passes for political discourse these days?

Xcalibar - your words were so profound you had to post them three times? I didn't think so.

singleseatbiggermeat - Umm, Boehner represents the Dayton/Cincinnati area; not likely he'll be flying to Akron.

garry2 - Southwest doesn't fly to either Dayton or Reagan National, so I seriously doubt that would be Boehner's airline of choice. But even if it was, you do know that you can jump to the head of the line with a $15 payment, right? (I'm guessing he'd take the nonstops from DCA to Dayton on one particular airline, but who knows?)

johng1 - I suspect that you're right. Most politicians fly first class. I used to regularly ride the USAir shuttle from DCA to BOS and back, and can't tell you how many times Senators Kennedy and Kerry (often both) were in the first class cabin. Partly that's because they fly so much they pile up the frequent flier points. Partly that's because the airlines want to suck up to them. It's life; deal with it.

free-donny: the need for secure travel for our highest Government leaders? Give me a break. You sound like the CEO at my former employer, who used to assert that he had to have the security of a company-funded private jet because of his importance. Get over yourself.

Boehner's making a symbolic gesture; shrewdly calculate to score points and make Pelosi look bad. Despite that, it's actually a good thing. It does reduce costs (AF jets are expensive.) It does get him, sort of, mingling with the common folk.


And Happy Veterans' Day, everyone. :-)

Posted by: ArmyBrat1 | November 11, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi, the far left liberal Progressive, and extremely wealthy woman, has a huge plane at the taxpayers expense, and a huge office at the taxpayers expense.
Everytime she flies back to San Francisco, it costs us $28,000 per trip.
Her office is $60,00 a month.
I for one am grateful to John for showing some fiscal discipiline in these hard times.
Too bad Obama won't.

Posted by: joanz3 | November 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

How irresponsible of a House Speaker will Bohner be? If he's already putting on the political stunts like this, it will not be good. He would rather endanger commercial flyers lives to make a point. Perhaps after he gets his first threats as House Speaker, he will understand the need for secure travel for our highest ranking government leaders.

Is Bohner ready to be the number 3 spot in the Presidential line of succession? It appears not and further... this makes me question what he values more - our nation's security or his political points in the media?

Posted by: free-donny | November 11, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps it would be best for all of us if our elected officials would fly far less to anywhere.

How about if they stay at the work place and take care of business? instead of chasing special interest dollars!

How about if they stay in the work place and read the legislation they vote on? instead of chasing special interest dollars!


How about if they stay at the work place and cut wayyyyyy back on travel expenses? instead of chasing special interest dollars!


How about they stay at the work place and cut off special interest financing of our elections? instead of chasing special interest dollars!


This is directed at democrats,republicans,cabinet officials and their staff!!!

Thank You!

Posted by: rheckler2002 | November 11, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Please Boehner, stop using that awful orange goo on your face, and reduce the salaries of members of the House and Senate before you go after cuts on the Middle Class. By the way where are the jobs you and your ilk promised to get?

Posted by: Tommytoons | November 11, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Boehner promises to fly commercial, but will he promise to stop using that orange stuff on his face? Perhaps, he might need some make-up tips from Nancy Pelosi.

Posted by: Tommytoons | November 11, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

A tiny step in the right direction.

The symbolic rejection of the arrogance and aristocratic pretentions of our recent "representatives" is not enough unless it is backed by REAL and SUBSTAINTIAL measures to restore open and honest government.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | November 11, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Will Mr. John Boehner also give back his cost of living raise he just got this year?? Will he give up those benefits and entitlements that he voted for himself through the years and join Social Security like the rest of us?? I think hell will freeze over first. So much for sharing the pain. Guess some are more equal then others ........ the ruling class.
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But there’s work to be done
And blame to be deflected.
Delay us today our daily decisions.
And forgive us our empty promises,
As we forgive those who make empty promises in response.
And lead us not into innovation,
But deliver us from progress.
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With the power, and the will
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Posted by: earvinjace11 | November 10, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

How about cutting CONGRESS's pay before they touch the federal employees pay.. Lead by example Boehner, not with your lips. Here we go back to the same old congress crap, point the finger at someone else instead of taking responsibility. TEA PARTY members need to lead the way in CUTTING CONGRESS PAY. The Republicans have done nothing for the past four years except say NO to everything constructive. Boehner only contribution to Congress is to make waves and produce nothing constructive. I'm a republican totally disgusted with this mentality in CONGRESS. It looks like Boehner needs to be placed on the TEA PARTY chopping block, he needs to cut CONgress's pay, then reduce the health care plan to reasonable levels, Quit pushing millionaire tax cuts and compromise on the middle class cuts, and quit taking contributions from the banking industry.

Posted by: Xcalibar | November 10, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

How about cutting CONGRESS's pay before they touch the federal employees pay. Lead by example Boehner, not with your lips. Here we go back to the same old congressional crap, point the finger at someone else instead of taking responsibility, create a villain (the federal employee)and get the public irate. TEA PARTY members need to lead the way in CUTTING CONGRESS's PAY, they are the problem. The Republicans have done nothing for the past four years except say NO to everything constructive. Boehner's only contribution to Congress is to make waves and produce nothing constructive. I'm a republican totally disgusted with this mentality in CONGRESS. It looks like Boehner needs to be placed on the TEA PARTY chopping block, he needs to cut CONgress's pay, then reduce the health care plan to reasonable levels, Quit pushing millionaire tax cuts and compromise on the middle class cuts, remove Congressional retirement perks, make Congress utilize the same health care plans as the public and quit taking contributions from the banking industry.

Posted by: Xcalibar | November 10, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

How about cutting CONGRESS's pay before they touch the federal employees pay. Lead by example Boehner, not with your lips. Here we go back to the same old congressional crap, point the finger at someone else instead of taking responsibility, create a villain (the federal employee)and get the public irate. TEA PARTY members need to lead the way in CUTTING CONGRESS's PAY, they are the problem. The Republicans have done nothing for the past four years except say NO to everything constructive. Boehner's only contribution to Congress is to make waves and produce nothing constructive. I'm a republican totally disgusted with this mentality in CONGRESS. It looks like Boehner needs to be placed on the TEA PARTY chopping block, he needs to cut CONgress's pay, then reduce the health care plan to reasonable levels, Quit pushing millionaire tax cuts and compromise on the middle class cuts, remove Congressional retirement perks, make Congress utilize the same health care plans as the public and quit taking contributions from the banking industry.

Posted by: Xcalibar | November 10, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

God, the silly symbolism makes me want to puke.

Orange Glow is second in line to be the Commander-in-Chief. I can't imagine him sitting in 3F on the Comair RJ to Akron.

This will last 3 days.

Posted by: singleseatbiggermeat | November 10, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify to those on this comment board who cannot count, the Speaker of the House is the SECOND in line to the Presidency. Count with me. Obama is currently the president so he's not in line. VP Biden is FIRST in line and the Speaker is SECOND in line, just after the VP.

No wonder American math scores are in the toilets.

Posted by: Mengler510 | November 10, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Well BBear1 he could be racking up a $100K plus bar bill like Nancy Pelosi did in her two years while flying. Imagine how much booze you have to guzzle to spend that much money on a bar tab. Then add the cost of a government plane to the taxpayer's tax.

It's a start on fiscal responsibility and I thank Boehner for his decision. It's nice to see someone In Washington use some fiscal common sense. I congratulate him and to his detractors I say let's see the next Speaker do the same thing. The cuts have got to come from all directions and it's a start. Maybe we should take away the key to Nancy's office bar that alone should save taxpayers a ton of money.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | November 10, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Boehner is third in line to be president, right behind Biden. In this day and age of terrorism we need to recognize that the risk of losing a person in the constitutional line is most serious. I backed Nancy Pelosi using a government plane for that reason and I support John Boehner using a government plane. He is no longer "just" a congressman. Let's not be so zealous in our cost cutting that we lose a sense of responsiblity to protect our leaders.

Posted by: merrylees | November 10, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

First Class, no doubt.

Posted by: johng1 | November 10, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

zackool:
"What are the odds that it only lasts for 3 months?"

Right up until the first time his flight is delayed/canceled and he has to spend 4 hours waiting around in the airport for the next one... if there's even an open seat available.

Of course, since he's important, this will never happen.

Posted by: presto668 | November 10, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope he flies Southwest Airlines so everyone will get to enjoy seeing him standing in the queue (section C, 50-60) and watch him struggle to find room in the overhead bins for his briefcase. Hope he has lots of coupons so he can order his drinks as he flies home.

Also, I hope he enjoys sitting next to the crying babies, loud talkers, and disgruntled travelers who want to give him an earful. It would serve him right.

Posted by: garry2 | November 10, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I hope he flies Southwest Airlines so everyone will get to enjoy seeing him standing in the queue (section C, 50-60) and watch him struggle to find room in the overhead bins for his briefcase. Hope he has lots of coupons so he can order his drinks as he flies home.

Also, I hope he enjoys sitting next to the crying babies, loud talkers, and disgruntled travelers who want to give him an earful. It would serve him right.

Posted by: garry2 | November 10, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner -- he's a man of the people.

Posted by: pdurand | November 10, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait until he gets groped by TSA.

Posted by: lemondog | November 10, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"I have flown back and forth to my district on the commercial aircraft, and I'm going to continue to do that," Boehner told reporters"

What he 'forgot' to tell reporters is that Boehner will demand that he is the only person on the plane. For...ahem..."national security" reasons......First class all the way for me baby, don't you know who I am.....?

Posted by: momof20yo | November 10, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The President of the United States (George W. Bush) directed that the U.S. Air Force provide an airplane for the Speaker of the House. "W" made that order shortly after 9/11 because the Speaker is in line for POTUS. Hastert was okay with the airplane provided BECAUSE he represented an Illinois District. The conservative bloviators made a big deal out of Pelosi having a larger plane. The conservative bloviators LIED about the seating capacity of Pelosi's airplane(NOT 200 as claimed, but much less as she used he larger plane only ONCE and used smaller planes other times), LIED about the number of trips the larger plane made (one, not 20), and LIED about the reason the larger plane was given to Pelosi (security, not personal pleasure). All of the FACTS about Pelosi's airplane are easily available to anyone capable of READING. BUT NO - the conservative bloviators prefer LIES.

Posted by: Freethotlib | November 10, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Great decision. Now will Boehner use the cortege of darkened-glass Chevy limousines that Pelosi used to tie up traffic with. Unlike Obama, who lives where he works, these congressional officials have to travel through town to go home, and the cortege that entails ties up traffic for blocks. This happens when they go for lunch downtown, too. I have had enough of this sort of unnecessary security. Would you recognize the new speaker if you ran into his shopping cart at a neighborhood Safeway? Of course not. No one knows who these people are, or are interested in attacking them because they are not really significant in our political hierarchy. So let's have some sense and get rid of the cars, planes and ships Congress is corralling for itself.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | November 10, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Great decision. Now will Boehner use the cortege of darkened-glass Chevy limousines that Pelosi used to tie up traffic with. Unlike Obama, who lives where he works, these congressional officials have to travel through town to go home, and the cortege that entails ties up traffic for blocks. This happens when they go for lunch downtown, too. I have had enough of this sort of unnecessary security. Would you recognize the new speaker if you ran into his shopping cart at a neighborhood Safeway? Of course not. No one knows who these people are, or are interested in attacking them because they are not really significant in our political hierarchy. So let's have some sense and get rid of the cars, planes and ships Congress is corralling for itself.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | November 10, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Okay, calm down children. Everything is going to be alright. That is, as soon as we pry Nan's cold, dead fingers off of the armrests of her jumbo jet.

Posted by: NEWSOUTH1 | November 10, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds that it only lasts for 3 months?

Posted by: zackool | November 10, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that there will come a day when Speaker Boehner steps out before us and announces, with regret, that the security people simply tell him he must fly privately, somehow, someway, and so, my friends, he will capitulate.
As well he should, the Speaker of the House of Representatives is third in line to the Presidency and it is up to us to keep him or her ALIVE.
All this stunt is going to do is make commercial airplanes more of a target. If someone is trying to get the guy who is third in line to the Presidency, let that someone go after him on something other than a commercial plane on which I MIGHT BE FLYING.
There are risks that come with high positions of power. Why put the rest of us at risk.

Posted by: cms1 | November 10, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

SIMPLY AN EMPTY POLITICAL GESTURE.. He's third in line to the Presidency. Has he even been in an airport lately, has the sargeant at arms? Isn't it time to stop campaigning and to start governing folks. There are better way to symbolize the tone of your house leadership sir than to jeopardize yourself and our constitutionally mandated protocol. By the way, I am speaking as an American, not as a member of a political party.

Posted by: rvcheryl | November 10, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I did not read coach class anywhere!

And will he use the preferred customer security line or will he stand with all other poor souls? Will he bring his own wrinkled brown bag with half-eaten hamburger? Will he sit in the middle seat? Try to fit the over sized carry-on in the overhead bin? Use the restrooms at the back of the plane?

So many unknowns.

Posted by: kishorgala | November 10, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

This is a symbolic gesture by Boehner, that will cost more money than if he flew the private plane.

Remember when Nixon flew commercial in 1973.
The security requirements required that the President's planes be spotted along the route , and his AF-1 flew to CA without him.
It cost a fortunate, saved not one drop of fuel.

The present day security requirements , after 9/11, are very strict.

The Capitol Security Agents will have to impound the plane and it requires a massive security sweep. Not counting the additional agents at the airports.

The end result is that the "SPEAKERS" plane will fly without him to OHIO, and be ready in case of a national emergency.

This self serving act is as phony as Boehner. Borhner and his Palin wannabe's don't have a clue or idea about improving America.

Posted by: COWENS99 | November 10, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

What? Is Boner saving for a tanning bed so he's decided to fly commercial?

Posted by: cholly85241 | November 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What? Is Boner saving for a tanning bed so he's decided to fly commercial?

Posted by: cholly85241 | November 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What? Is Boner saving for a tanning bed so he's decided to fly commercial?

Posted by: cholly85241 | November 10, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

hisroc wrote:
Bad decision. If we have a crisis and both the President and Vice President are killed or incapacitated, then I don't want the Acting President of the US sitting on a Comair Barbie-jet somewhere over West Virginia trying to get a cell phone signal.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1) If that happens the Speaker won't be "Acting President" -- he'll BE the President.

2) One presumes as Speaker he'd be given a securely linked satellite phone that connects to the WHCA.

Elsewhere in this post:

I don't have a problem with Pelosi being flown on military aircraft, I do have problems with not using a smaller aircraft, viz. the C-12 Huron. I also have problems with her family members being flown on military aircraft if she's not present. They could have, should have, flown commercial.

Posted by: rmlwj1 | November 10, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

hisroc wrote:
Bad decision. If we have a crisis and both the President and Vice President are killed or incapacitated, then I don't want the Acting President of the US sitting on a Comair Barbie-jet somewhere over West Virginia trying to get a cell phone signal.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

1) If that happens the Speaker won't be "Acting President" -- he'll BE the President.

2) One presumes as Speaker he'd be given a securely linked satellite phone that connects to the WHCA.

Elsewhere in this post:

I don't have a problem with Pelosi being flown on military aircraft, I do have problems with not using a smaller aircraft, viz. the C-12 Huron. I also have problems with her family members being flown on military aircraft if she's not present. They could have, should have, flown commercial.

Posted by: rmlwj1 | November 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why the author didnt mention queen nancy's $2,000,000 bar tab she ran up on the plane w/ her friends and family......

Posted by: j751 | November 10, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Boehner spends most of his time in the air flying on corporate jets courtesy of the people who own him and for whom he works. Don't let Boehner fool you. Oh, by the way, when he flies commercial, he flies first class, not crammed into a tiny seat back in coach. Boehner is a snake who lies with a forked tongue.

Posted by: Chagasman | November 10, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Dont forget queen nancy's $2,000,000 bar tab on her plane along w/ shuttling her family around the country on our dime.

Posted by: j751 | November 10, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!

Its time this penchant for Royal Travel starts to get nipped.

I can't wait for the irony of King O tooling about in the VC-25 (747)...after taking the helo ride across town...and getting into the armored car convoy that was delivered by a C-17...

All so he can give a 15 minute speech on why Cap and Trade is a good idea.

Posted by: sidishus | November 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!

Its time this penchant for Royal Travel starts to get nipped.

I can't wait for the irony of King O tooling about in the VC-25 (747)...after taking the helo ride across town...and getting into the armored car convoy that was delivered by a C-17...

All so he can give a 15 minute speech on why Cap and Trade is a good idea.

Posted by: sidishus | November 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!

Its time this penchant for Royal Travel starts to get nipped.

I can't wait for the irony of King O tooling about in the VC-25 (747)...after taking the helo ride across town...and getting into the armored car convoy that was delivered by a C-17...

All so he can give a 15 minute speech on why Cap and Trade is a good idea.

Posted by: sidishus | November 10, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!

Its time this penchant for Royal Travel starts to get nipped.

I can't wait for the irony of King O tooling about in the VC-25 (747)...after taking the helo ride across town...and getting into the armored car convoy that was delivered by a C-17...

All so he can give a 15 minute speech on why Cap and Trade is a good idea.

Posted by: sidishus | November 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!!

its time this penchant for Royal Travel starts to get nipped.

I can't wiat for the irony of King O tooling about in the VC-25 (747)...after taking the helo ride across town...and getting into the armored car convoy that was delivered by a C-17...

All so he can give a 15 minute speech on why Cap and Trade is a good idea.

Posted by: sidishus | November 10, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Since Republicans hate the idea that Government should do anything, Boehner can spend hours doing nothing on a commercial jet instead of being able to get something done while traveling.

I hope his fellow passengers enjoy his company and feel free to share their opinions on a do nothing government.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 10, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

hisroc I don't understand your complaint. Whether it is a private, military or commercial jet, it would still be redirected to the same place from the same point in the sky if the de facto president was on board. What is the difference?

Posted by: infuse | November 10, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Hell, he can drive to near his district in a few hours. Then he switches to horseback.


Posted by: mortified469 | November 10, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Bad decision. If we have a crisis and both the President and Vice President are killed or incapacitated, then I don't want the Acting President of the US sitting on a Comair Barbie-jet somewhere over West Virginia trying to get a cell phone signal.

Posted by: hisroc | November 10, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

So, next big question, will Boehner choose machine strip-search or opt to be groped by a TSA nazi?

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | November 10, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

So, next big question, will Boehner choose machine strip-search or opt to be groped by a TSA nazi?

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | November 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So, next big question, will Boehner choose machine strip-search or opt to be groped by a TSA nazi?

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | November 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So, next big question, will Boehner choose machine strip-search or opt to be groped by a TSA nazi?

Posted by: MatthewWeaver | November 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Interesting decision by the next #3 office holder in the whole US of A. Either he enjoys standing in lines with his shoes off jamming his trash in plastic tubs with the possibility of body scans and worse, or he knows because of his position he won't have to submit to such treatment. Hope you enjoy your flights Mr. Speaker-to-be!

Posted by: MadJack1 | November 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting decision by the next #3 office holder in the whole US of A. Either he enjoys standing in lines with his shoes off jamming his trash in plastic tubs with the possibility of body scans and worse, or he knows because of his position he won't have to submit to such treatment. Hope you enjoy your flights Mr. Speaker-to-be!

Posted by: MadJack1 | November 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting decision by the next #3 office holder in the whole US of A. Either he enjoys standing in lines with his shoes off jamming his trash in plastic tubs with the possibility of body scans and worse, or he knows because of his position he won't have to submit to such treatment. Hope you enjoy your flights Mr. Speaker-to-be!

Posted by: MadJack1 | November 10, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd be very glad to have John Boehner continue to fly on the same airplanes that the rest of us do. And, given how short the flight is, I see no reason why he can't fly coach and save a bit of money, too. After all, wasn't reducing the debt after he and his fellow Republicans spent the worst part of a decade running it up part of the GOP campaign and mantra?

Posted by: edallan | November 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

How about being like the rest of us who know that flying is too expensive and we can stay home, video conference, and actually get some work done? Mr. Boehner, you do know that there are golf courses, tanning salons, and bars in or near Washington D.C.

Posted by: BBear1 | November 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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