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Mitt Romney questions why plane windows don't open

September 25, 2012, 10:40 amYahoo!7

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has expressed concern that plane windows don't open in a bizarre rant following his wife's flight scare.

Romney questions why plane windows don t open
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US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has expressed concern that plane windows don't open in a bizarre rant following his wife's flight scare.

The Republican candidate made the comments to the Los Angeles Times during a campaign fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Saturday night.

His wife Ann Romney had been a passenger in a private jet that was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver on Friday when the cabin filled with smoke (scroll to see video).

Romney said he had been extremely worried but was relieved she made it out of the incident unscathed.

"When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly... and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open," he reportedly told the Times.

"I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous."

Mitt and Ann Romney on the Republican campaign plane. Photo: Getty


The comments indicate a rather concerning gap in Romney's knowledge of flight.

Aircraft windows do not open because the low air pressure at high altitudes would cause passengers and crew members to pass out from lack of oxygen – hence the need for pressurised cabins.

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  1. daisychain07:16am Thursday 27th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Mitt, Mitt, Mitt......why don't the airplane windows open???? It's so simple - the passengers don't want the flies and mosquitos to get in while they are flying along!

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  2. Teddy-John05:07pm Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    No, "Smilin Dave", he's a Dumb Ass!

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  3. Andrew05:13am Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    OMG this F'wit is going to be the next leader of the free worl?? The sooner we get rid of America as an Aussie ally the safer I will feel. I think I'd rather have the Chinese Red Army in Darwin instead of idiotic american wanker soldiers.

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  4. Newday02:14am Wednesday 26th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Besides the main door, don't most airplanes have "emergency exits?" Maybe he has never had the privilege to ride on a commercial airplane and have cabin attendants demonstrate how to exit the plane, in case of emergency! Rich folks and their private jets...

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  5. Jeffrey10:55pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Also, if planes had screen doors, then you could just look outside and see people that came over to visit, and you could just tell them to come on in! I don't know why planes have to go up in the sky when they have wheels. They could just roll from place to place. That certainly would be a lot safer than going way up there! You just have to think these things through!

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  6. Mick09:34pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    dumb ass!

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  7. Smilin Dave Fish05:58pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I'm anti-Mitt, but I agree, it seems like he was obviously kidding.

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  8. tap415412:09pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This is a BIG LIE posted by a lefty liar. Mitt was joking about windows rolling down at a fund-raiser.

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  9. diablote11:54am Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well, the breeze at 500 mph would also tear off your arm. Or your head, for that matter...not to mention, suck your baby out. So Mitt's got my vote...no one has challenged aerospace engineers like this since the 3rd Reich!

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  10. Hard Corps10:59am Tuesday 25th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Classic Mitt the Twit

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