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Romney on Airplane Windows: Wife's Emergency Landing Sparks Controversial Comments

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By Brittney R. Villalva , Christian Post Reporter
September 25, 2012|8:35 am

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been mocked by media outlets after being accused of suggesting that passengers should be capable of rolling down the windows of an airplane.

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    (Photo: REUTERS/Jim Young)
    U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane in Kansas City, Missouri, September 16, 2012.

Last week a plane carrying Ann Romney was forced into an emergency landing after an electric fire filled the plane with smoke. Mitt Romney described the situation as dangerous because Ann had no place to go.

He made the statement to The Los Angeles Times while at a fundraising event.

"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," said the former governor.

Social media sites had fun with the candidate's statement, questioning whether Romney was suggesting that windows should roll down on a plane.

"I mean, wouldn't it be awesome to be able to crack the window when you're at 35,000 feet? You know, get a taste of that 500+ mile per hour breeze?" Jed Lewison said on the DailyKoS.

"It'd be like the mile-high club for Seamus, with the added benefit of asphyxiation induced by the low oxygen levels at cruising altitude-assuming that you manage to avoid having the plane rip apart due to the sudden loss of cabin pressure," Lewison added.

Although Romney did not directly say airplane windows should be able to open, many of his critics have jumped on his comments as suggesting that's what he meant. Many internet were so surprised at the supposed comments that they even asked sites like the DailyKOS and Gawker if it was simply an attempt at satire.

"I so hope he was joking and I so hope either to see a clip where it is obvious or no clip at all so we can just accept their word for it when they come out and say he was joking," newfie commented on the KOS blog.

"This is NOT satire. Mitt Romney thinks airplane windows should roll down. No, really," Roger Ebert wrote on the LA Times blog.

 

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