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.

Photo credit: MSNBC


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  1. Seriously? Some heads should roll for this.

  2. ice-ironman says:

    (CBS/AP) Ever since 9/11, a small military jet has been made available to transport the Speaker of the House for security reasons, CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports. The Speaker is second in the line of succession to the presidency.

    Before the 2006 elections, the speaker was Republican Dennis Hastert of Illinois. Now it’s California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and she may be getting some more leg room. Pelosi reportedly is asking for a much bigger jet — a government version of the Boeing 757 that can make the trip between Washington and her San Francisco home without stopping to refuel.

    The speaker’s critics have dubbed it “Pelosi One.” Military officials are said to be grumbling about it, and she finds herself on the defensive. Today, she insisted that size doesn’t really matter.

    “It’s not a question of size. It’s a question of distance. We want an aircraft that can reach California,” Pelosi said.

    A Defense Department spokesman said Wednesday that the Pentagon informed Pelosi’s staff that she would be provided with a plane but that its size would be based on availability.

    But an aircraft like that can also comfortably seat 50 — and Republican leader Roy Blunt of Missouri is among those questioning how all those extra seats might get filled.

    “If you can say to your supporters ‘Do you want to fly with me from San Francisco this week, spend the week in New York and fly back with me,’ that’s an incredible perk. It’s an incredible fundraising tool,” Blunt said.

    Pelosi’s office told CBS News she’ll follow all the appropriate guidelines. The problem is there aren’t any yet. Because of the flap, the Defense Department are said to be quickly writing the rules for the speaker’s plane — with regulations on everything from size to who can go along for the ride

    Lets see, who has risked their lives for us. Thats right Air force folks. Again, bashing the military is getting old. If anyone deserves a nice ride it would be these VETS that you so strongly fight for. Pelosi’s jet makes the 16 mil look like a food stamp request. Get real!

  3. Ice-ironman:

    I think extravagant methods of travel such as this are ridiculous for both Republicans and Democrats. I read something about the plane that Pelosi wants to use. She is no better than any other congress person; I don’t care if she is second in line for the Presidency.

    She lives in California, so, as far as I am concerned, adding an hour or so to her time in the air should provide her extra time to think about how she and the other Democrats have let those of us in the Democrat Party down. This should do her some good – maybe.

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