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Boehner Says He’ll Fly Commercial Aircraft When He Becomes Speaker

November 19, 2010 by  

Boehner says he'll fly commercial aircraft when he becomes SpeakerA watchdog group that promotes transparency and integrity in government has praised House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) for announcing that he will fly commercial instead of using military aircraft when he becomes Speaker of the House.

Boehner is expected to become the next Speaker when Republicans take control of the chamber in January. He will replace Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has been criticized by the GOP for allegedly using military aircraft to travel with her family and friends. In documents recovered by the group Judicial Watch, Pelosi's military travel is believed to have cost the United States Air Force more than $2.1 million.

In a Judicial Watch press release, the organization said it was happy that Boehner "will not follow Pelosi's corrupt example." Boehner's decision to use commercial aircraft is part of his party's attempt to reduce government spending.

"Over the last 20 years, I have flown back and forth to my district on commercial aircraft. And I'm going to continue to do that," said Boehner, quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

According to the news provider, Pelosi's aides have claimed that she often flies commercial and that she has used military aircraft less than her predecessor, Republican Dennis Hastert.

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  • Claire

    Good for him. Now how long will it last? Seeing is believing. Regardless of what anyone thinks, I do respect Biden for the fact that he took a train to DC every morning and a train back home at night. There is something to be said about that.

    • Dan az

      Hey claire
      it was probably that he didnt want to be scanned or grouped.

      • Claire

        Dan az — You are probably correct.

        • http://naver sook young

          At least if he does fly commercial, he’ll be spending his own money and not the taxpayer’s money. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

          • http://?? Joe H.

            sook young,
            Hadn’t seen any posts from you in awhile. Was kinda getting worried about you and samurai!!

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Dan az,
        They would do a cavity search for sure!! They would NEVER believe that was a foot in his mouth!!!!

        • Dan az

          Hey Joe
          I found this on newsmax
          WASHINGTON (AP) — No airport pat-down for the incoming House speaker.

          On Friday, the GOP’s John Boehner was guided past the metal detectors and hand inspections given to other passengers on his flight home to Ohio.

          Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said his boss followed procedures set by Capitol Police and the Transportation Security Administration. Steel said the same rules apply to other congressional leaders.

          Furor over airline passenger checks has grown with more airports installing full-body digital scanners and TSA adding a more intrusive pat-down for those opting out of the scans.

          Boehner, R-Ohio, has pledged to fly commercial airlines back to his home district.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Dan az,
            I’m from Ohio. I posted that about a week ago!!! In fact I posted it to Claire!! I was talking about good ole joe biden!!!

  • trp878

    Well I’d like to be there the first time to see if he gets “groped and pawed like us commoners. I don’t think he’ll go through that all the time as we fliers do. If he does concede to the frisks, maybe again the rules will change?

    • SUE B

      That might be the means of getting this discusting practice changed…..

  • trp878

    On the contrary, I hate to break your bubble, but Biden rode the train all the time and you paid for his expenses. Going to church doesn’t make me a Catholic either. However, women think like that, so we accept it. Have a nice day.

    • Jana

      All right, coming to the defense of women here. I don’t think you got her point. She meant when Boehner starts getting groped before entering the plane, things might change.
      Men sometimes jump to conclusions. I know, I have one at home. LOL

      • Claire

        Jana—Good for you! Good comment!

      • http://?? Joe H.

        you hurt me to the bone!!!LOL The only problem I have is my wife says I never listen to her– At least I think that’s what she says!!!

        • http://naver samurai

          That’s OK, fellow patriot. Mine does the same thing to me, except my wife yells at me in Korean when she gets angry. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • BrotherPatriot

            LoL…good to see you both again.

  • http://aol Mike

    The upside of all of this is that come January, “Botox Nancy” is going to get fondled and groped just like the rest of the masses.

    • Jana

      Oh I really hope so!!!

      • Claire

        Jana—I am inclined to think that people will know Boehner, Pelosi, et al., and none of them will get groped or felt up.

        • FirinPin48

          Thanks Claire,
          I’m glad somebody knows this.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Was just listening to the preview of the eleven o’clock news and they said there’s a fake cop running around Cleveland Ohio, groping women. told my wife that it was an easy solve. It HAS GOT to be a disgruntled TSA employee!!! I’m not lying, it was just on!!!! I had to let you know!!!!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      al I can say is if Nancy gets groped, THANK HEAVEN I’M NOT TSA!!!!

      • http://naver samurai

        Groping Pelosi? Ugh! Now that would be a very bad dream indeed! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • BrotherPatriot

          This…just might be what Pelosi actually wants…to be groped and prodded! She might even be lookin forward to it!

          Can’t imagine how much action she gets…*Uugghhh! Can’t…get image…out of…mY MIND!* Ack!


    • Ted Crawford

      Are you kidding Mike? No self respecting screener would willingly put their hands on that “person”! There aren’t enough rubber gloves in the Universe for that!!

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Gloves???? It would take a contamination suit!!!

  • Tasmanian devil

    Well we got rid of most of the Demo’s, now lets get rid of the TSA

    • FirinPin48

      How about the Rinos and Dinos, lets start their.

  • mickey

    ARe they going to be exempt like the 111 entities have waivers to obamacare?

  • http://yahoo charles

    The beast nancy will look so much better leaving the speakers job than she didnt arriving at it the woman is toxic

  • Tasmanian devil

    Anything goes with this current White House. Hell, the illigals will be exempt next.

    • who cares

      they should be exempt give all you something to bark about. any of you see republican do wrong? because if you don’t they’re going to eat your lunch.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        who cares for brains,
        Are you totally out of your freakin mind?????

  • Remy


  • mickey

    The illegals are already exempt. They come across the border without TSA protection. The muslims want exemption, probably will get it. Who’s left? Law abiding citizens?

    BTW if one looks at the old movies, terrorism was always in them. There is just so much money involved with this current situation we may never get out of it.

    Profiling is not always bad. Heck, if you are attacked are you going to say “male” or “female” or just ignore which sex attacked you?

  • fa

    Great. Will he fly coach or business class? But this new Munich ‘bomb’ will probably change the method of travel for the new SOTH, for his safety and our security, of course.
    This NWO rocks, doesn’t it??

  • Rich

    Ok, he wants to fly commercial to make us believers. We will see. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but I believe our lofty elected officials are exempt from the groping line. I believe they get a free pass. Do not stop, do not get groped or radiated, go directly to your seat. Remember, most laws of the land do not pertain to our elected federal officials. I just don’t know if the TSA groping rule applies. Really now, don’t you feel much safer after having been groped by a McDonald’s University graduate. The biggest lie about all the groping is that it will make you safer. Your basic American freedoms being taken away all in the name of the government making you safe. The TSA tells us the reason for the groping is due to the so called underwear bomber. The only problem with this flawed reasoning is that guy flew in from out of country. He was not on a domestic flight. His flight originated in some foreign land. He had no luggage. He had no particular reason for going to America. A lot of red flags surrounded his travel,yet he made it on a plane bound for Detroit. It had absolutely nothing to do with domestic air travel. Ask the TSA how many domestic flights have there been bombs on? How many underwear bombers have originated in the USA? How many bombs have they stopped from making it on a plane due to enhanced security or for that matter how many were stopped with the former level of TSA security that was in place? This is all madness and it is being escalated by unelected bureaucrats. These are not regulations that have any Congressional law behind them. Our lofty elected officials voted to fund the TSA. They can and should remove the funding and return the gropers back to their fry stations at McDonald’s. Make certain all pilots have guns and they know how to use them. Put air Marshall’s on more flights. Keep screening our carry on luggage. More importantly, if the dog that bit you was a schnauzer then why are they detaining and searching golden retrievers?

  • jopa

    Now when boehner takes these commercial flights you and I are going to pay for them.Members of the Senate and Congress usually take military flights on standby and these are not chartered flights as suggested.When Pelosi flew to California it was on flights already going that way.Whether she was on that plane or not it still cost $2.1million.Boehner will fly commercial maybe once or twice and then forget about it.

    • thinking

      oh, ok so these flights carry alcohal and food incase someone improtant flies? Then if no one important flies they get to drink the alcohal in flight and eat the food fit for a Queen! I never knew, by the way I was in the service and we never were given alcohal! Now we did buy it ourselfs. Odd these planes carry it around and make flights from California to DC just in case someone may need a flight. Were you there?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      I’m gonna send you a shovel. you need to dig a little deeper. That plane was assigned to P-lousy all the time!! It was NOT a military standby type flight!! The only people authorized to fly with her were te crew and whoever she invited!!! I suggest you quit trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear!!!

    • http://naver sook young

      We’ll see if he keeps his promises. The new people that were voted in know if they don’t do what they say they’ll do, they are out the door in 2 years also. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai

  • http://GOGGLE vaksal

    well if he goes on a commercial flight,good luck,he better hang on to his jockey shorts,if those TSA folks are smiling,totaly disgusting,and they get paid to be perverts,throw them all in the wood chipper and let god sort them out.what next camera shots up everyones derie airs? and the funny thing we can stop this anytime we wish,boycott all the airlines this season,use the rails or buses or cars anything but the stinking creeps airlines,let them starve,then they will have time to play with each other.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      he HAS been flying commercial!!! As far as what else he promises, well I guess we’ll see what we will see!!! He can go just as easy as he came!! That is, if we stay alert and united!!!

  • Dean

    As long as he’s scanned and groped like everyone else!

  • Jane Underkofler

    Great if Boehner does in fact fly commercial & Nancy can shred her big gavel & the wicked witch of the west can now fly to & from on her broom instead of costing us tax payers millions each year.

  • Doris

    I have had the opinion for years that the travel expenses should be paid by the district that elected the congress-person. Had that been the rule, I am sure that Ms. Pelosi’s wings would have been clipped a long time ago.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      That’s a forgone conclusion!! California is BUSTED, BROKE, WITHOUT FUNDS!!!!

  • jopa

    Vaskal: I can picture it already, Boehner comes up to the TSA folks and they ask if they can run their hands up between his legs for security reasons.Boehner in his usual drunken stupor will shout out” HELL NO YOU WON’T.”Thus embarassing everyone around him again.

    • Claire

      jopa— One never knows. Boehner may just say “Go for it.”

  • http://com i41

    jopa, are a you thong washer for Nancy, she doesn’t fly and never has flown on military stand by, your a socialist rump kisser. She has always insistided that a plane and crew on standby to fly at her whim. She is ruder than as sow with her teeth broke out, to all military personal. By your pasts posts we all doubt if you would know any military personal who would answer a democrat lap pooch like you. Socialist jackwagon aren’t freedom loving American, but a Un moron who loves dictators and tje National Marxist Communist Democrat Union Party totalitian mantra.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      I knew if I waited long enough I’d find SOMETHING to agree with you on!!! your evaluation of jopa is that!!

  • David Roberts

    Most of the comments are interesting, comical, thoughtful and some outright stupid. But the truth may be that the Secret Service will not allow the 3rd in line to the Presidency to fly on commercial flights. I do not know this to be a fact, but it does make sense.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Wiselady

    November 19, 2010

    Nancy Pelousy won’t let go of power. She will find a way to demand an airplane because she believes she is saving the world with her gritty-teeth; smiling, walking with quick steps to use the microphone to babble away with her New Call, as she did with the Health Care bill, to initiate war from,”Vote for the bill to find out what’s in it to: “Vote against the bills the Republicans submit and don’t bother to find out what’s in it!!”. Can’t those Democrats who elected her Minority speaker stop being slow learners?

    Do those who elected her have anIQ level above 100?

  • Anthony

    Wise lady -
    Pelosi’s just doing what she thinks she must. After all, there is this NWO thing her Party is wanting to successfully push. She took a trip to Syria without GW’s public permission, remember? I say she did it on THE FED’s Orders and the Bush Family knew all along what she was up to.

    Until the whole Country wakes up to this nonsense, situations like this won’t stop being the norm. OUR JOB is to spread the word and point people in the direction of the proof that is out there.

    Boehner says he’s been flying commercial all this time? I believe him.
    As for Pelosi – I’m surprised at America for not speaking out more often. After all, she has voted to defund the military at every turn.

    Boehner can most probably prove he’s been using commercial flights all along.
    Pelosi thinks what she does is NONE of your business…..

    • BrotherPatriot

      ^^ Yuppers ^^

  • jopa

    Well I guess we can end this discussion once and for all.I just wrote a check for Nancy to get a private jet.So when you see her at the airport just remember those were the not tax dollars that bought that plane but a true patriots dollars.Long Live the Queen

    • http://?? Joe H.

      you being a progressive and all, if you wrote a check, it was on someone elses account!!!

  • DaveM

    You will never be rid of the groping, scanning and humiliating “terror industry”. There are too many sheep out there who actually believe there is a terrorism threat.

    In WW2 the Japs felt invading North America would be futile due to so many citizens being armed. They failed to realize all you had to do was convince the law enforcement people that you MIGHT invade and they,the law enforcement, would gladly subdue the population for them!

  • jopa

    DaveM;What you have just stated is the exact truth today only it’s Al Qaeida doing the convincing.Todays enemy doesn’t have battleships, nuclear subs, air craft carriers but the American public is scared shitless.Half of the public anyway.So what does Uncle Sam do,hires a bunch of perverts and pedophiles to feel up all people wanting to fly and justifying it by saying we are doing our best in the line of defense.In reality we are only after one guy(Osama Bin Laden)and look at what one individual has accomplished with a half million dollars. Time for the world to do a reality check.

    • USNpops

      Pelosi is on the reord as obtaining a larger Military Aircraft so she could carry more of here family back and forth. Of course Michelle Obama’s trip to Spain was not costly either.

      The TSA folks are charged with an impossible task. Keep the flying public safe. But do it without touching the flyers, or (by ACLU Standards) profiling passengers. Remember the Imams in Minnesota last year the created such a problem and the ACLU defended them for being buttheads, both in the airport and on the plane as exercising their religious freedom.

      The other answer is to use profiling like Israel does. But Israel does not have an ACLU with dozens of Lawyers to sue every time one of those profiled are subjected to a more ridgid check.

      So in my mind the answer has to be go back to pre 9/11 security. No security. No checking. And calculate that perhaps 2-3 planes a month will be taken down by terrorists. But of course there will be thousands of flights that do not get taken down. So if there are thousands of passengers that get to destination safely, the loss of 600 to 1000 people is acceptable risk. That seems to be the rationale resisters to the security measures are advocating.

  • who cares

    their he go again with he’s lying If Boenner becomes the new house speaker by law he has to take a military or a private plane for his safety. by law and her safety Polici was force to take a secure flight’s. Google it and see for your selfs you brain dead. you believe every thing those f’ en right wing republicas tell you.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      who cares,
      If you believe everything those worthless progressives say, then you have a real lack of brains!!!


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