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.


  1. says

    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)

  2. Pommie says

    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.

  3. 99% says

    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,

  4. Hank says

    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?

  5. gregory brown says

    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.

  6. anon says

    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.

  7. Alex Parrish says

    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.

  8. kafantaris says

    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.

  9. Icebloo says

    George W Bush version II. It doesn’t take brains to get to the White House now – you just have to have rich friends and a rich daddy to buy it for you. Since the corrupt Supreme Court changed the law so that businesses can now put limitless amounts of cash into the election we will never again see a smart Republican win an election.

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