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Romney Not Sure Why Airplane Windows Don't Open

Mitt Romney is not clear why airplane windows don't roll down. The L.A. Times reports on remarks made at a Beverly Hills fundraiser over the weekend

Mr_airplaneRomney’s wife, Ann, was in attendance, and the candidate spoke of the concern he had for her when her plane had to make an emergency landing Friday en route to Santa Monica because of an electrical  malfunction.

“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “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. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”

Romney raised $6 million at the event.

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  1. One has to wonder who is more stupid: Romney for not understanding why windows on airplanes don't open or the fools who gave him $6 million.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Sep 25, 2012 8:18:32 AM

  2. It takes a lot of talent to put your foot in your mouth when your head is up your a$$.

    Posted by: Chadd | Sep 25, 2012 8:22:24 AM

  3. Romney doesn't really think that; he's just telling his base what they want to hear.

    Posted by: Steven | Sep 25, 2012 8:40:24 AM

  4. Hey, Mittens, maybe this is why...

    Joe Patroni: When I was a mechanic in the Air Force, I was being transferred on a MATS plane, At 20,000 feet, one of the windows shattered. The guy sitting next to it was about 170 pounds. He went through that little space like a hunk of hamburger going down a disposal, and right after him coats, pillows, blankets, cups, saucers.... And THEN watch out! At that altitude, you can't breathe. So unless they get on oxygen in 45 seconds, it's good-bye!

    -- Airport (1970)

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Sep 25, 2012 8:45:51 AM

  5. Oh dear Mitt-STUPID-Romney why can't you just keep your mouth shut? Why are you ruining everything for yourself by letting everyone know about your mental abilities and capabilities? We wanted some more fun, like your speeches and everything, we weren't looking to wish you a Goodbye so early.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 25, 2012 8:57:24 AM

  6. Oh we really regret that the window didn't open.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 25, 2012 9:00:28 AM

  7. Dear Mitt, they have this covered. Instead of windows, you can always open the door. The next time you are at 30,000 feet, give it a try! You can open it a little crack to let the fresh air in! All you have to do it pull that lever marked OPEN on the door,

    Posted by: 99% | Sep 25, 2012 9:00:55 AM

  8. Along with the issues of windows opening on a plane - utter stupidity - you never open a door or window near a fire as it fuels the fire as well. I guess he learn anything about a fire growing up?

    Posted by: Hank | Sep 25, 2012 9:02:23 AM

  9. Between Adelson and the Koch Bros he's been promised more than two billion dollars to get elected. Who the hell would give him more?

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 25, 2012 9:04:26 AM

  10. If plane windows opened, flyers traveling with dogs could just hang them outside and save money on transporting them in cargo holds. And people could get away from snakes easier, too.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 25, 2012 9:30:51 AM

  11. Only 47% of the oxygen was missing. Ann kept the other 53% for herself and let the riff-raff find their own.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 25, 2012 9:31:37 AM

  12. F***ing airplanes, how do they work?

    Posted by: fhrblig | Sep 25, 2012 9:34:00 AM

  13. These comments are laugh-out-loud funny!

    I'd love to see Ann open a plane window, BTW. That would be one problem solved.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 25, 2012 9:35:07 AM

  14. @Woodroad34D, you nailed it.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 25, 2012 9:36:35 AM

  15. The partial pressure of oxygen at altitude is pretty small, so it would not help the passengers breath. We don't know the altitude at which they were flying, but windows don't open for structural reasons and to save weight and cost. Fire on an airplane is indeed very dangerous.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 25, 2012 10:06:52 AM

  16. @fhrblig LOL! That was awesome. I'm spoiled by Reddit, I keep looking for the "upvote" button.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Sep 25, 2012 10:15:23 AM

  17. @ANASTASIA BEAVERHAUSEN beat me to it: I was going to ask Mittens, Have you not seen Airport? It's all explained in a way even dimwits can understand.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 25, 2012 10:19:57 AM

  18. When I first heard this I suspected it was a joke taken out-of-context. I'm shocked but not surprised to learn that it is NOT a joke; apparently he really doesn't know. And this man wants to be the leader of the free world? Gimme a break! He shouldn't even be running for class president let alone POTUS.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Sep 25, 2012 11:00:14 AM

  19. Maybe some one can refit a plane for Mitt and Ann a, he'll open the window, end of problem.

    Posted by: lk | Sep 25, 2012 11:44:37 AM

  20. I'm sure the Republican base will find Romney's stupidity as endearing and charming as W's and Palin's. It's the world we live in. :/

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 25, 2012 12:17:59 PM

  21. Next Romney will address the critical issue of adding screen doors to submarines.

    Posted by: Bob Hope | Sep 25, 2012 12:38:51 PM

  22. If my wife and kids were stuck in the smoke filled cabin of an airplane I would also wonder why the windows don't blow off to let some air in when the craft is on the ground.
    Remember, Dustin Hoffman in "Hero" saved the passengers from a smoke filled airplane.

    Posted by: kafantaris | Sep 25, 2012 1:08:07 PM

  23. How about we give him a plane that has windows that open? If he actually opens the windows during flight, would it be that detrimental to society?

    Posted by: Garst | Sep 25, 2012 2:33:22 PM

  24. Oh, and my condolences to the people who die from him causing the pilot to pass out and crash the plane.

    Posted by: Garst | Sep 25, 2012 2:34:56 PM

  25. @Hank, silly, don't you know? Magic underwear is impervious to fire.

    Posted by: JJ | Sep 25, 2012 4:29:08 PM

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