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Romney mocked for comment about jet windows

September 24, 2012|By Xiaonan Wang
  • Mitt Romney boards his plane in Denver. The Republican has been mocked on social media for his remarks about airplane windows.
Mitt Romney boards his plane in Denver. The Republican has been mocked on… (Charles Dharapak / Associated…)

During a Saturday fundraiser in Beverly Hills, Calif., which took in $6 million, Mitt Romney expressed his concerns over Ann Romney’s emergency landing on Friday. The candidate cast doubt on the mechanical design of airplane windows, in a general sense.

“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....” he said.

Romney’s idea doesn’t work scientifically, as one blogger on Dailykos explains:

“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.”

The candidate's complaint about sealed plane windows quickly went viral on social media. Some are making fun of Romney for not knowing about the risks involved with an open window, while others think it might be just a joke.

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

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