It is not often a politician makes an aviation comment that is too good to pass up … but … this past Saturday night, the 22nd of September, while Mitt Romney spoke to a group of 1,500 supporters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, he made such a comment.
As Mr. Romney briefly discussed his wife Ann Romney’s aircraft making an emergency landing, a day earlier, due to an electrical malfunction, resulting in no loss of aircraft or injuries to passengers and crew, Mr. Romney stated:
“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.”
Forget the fact that jet aircraft cabins are pressurized and opening a window would be catastrophic, because if you read Flying With Fish, you probably have some sense of the science and physics of aerospace … so let’s skip the humour in Mr. Romney’s comment. There are so many punch lines that can come from Mr. Romney’s comments on jet aircraft cabin windows not opening … mine is, “Everyone knows you just open the door … duh!”
But rather than run through all the punch lines running through my head … and there are many … what punch line can you think of?
Let’s not make this political, because for me, regardless of political party, this comment is fair play because it is to darn funny to have coming out of a national political candidate’s mouth.