Fancy pants deserve fancy seats, or so it seems according to the Air Force. Production of luxury capsule-like seats – comfort capsules – to accommodate top military brass has begun. The funds are alleged to be taken from counter terrorism funds and, according to those with a vested interest, will enable the top brass to talk, work, and rest comfortably in the air.
Air Force documents spell out how each of the capsules is to be “aesthetically pleasing and furnished to reflect the rank of the senior leaders using the capsule,” with beds, a couch, a table, a 37-inch flat-screen monitor with stereo speakers, and a full-length mirror. The cost for all this luxury – $16.2 million.
Air Force officials say the program dates from a 2006 decision by Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb that existing seats on transport planes, including some that match those on commercial airliners, may be fine for airmen and troops but inadequate for the top brass. I guess the top brass will be risking their lives discussing strategies and plans. You’ve got to be kidding!
Yeh, I guess that is pretty close to the risk our soldiers who are fighting and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq are taking.
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