Mitt Romney mocked for airplane window remark

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, looks out the campaign charter airplane window during the flight between San Diego and Hayden, Co. (May 28, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Heres hoping Mitt Romneys plan to overhaul federal regulations doesnt include airline safety standards.

At a California fundraiser over the weekend, the GOP presidential nominee talked about how his wifes planes emergency landing Friday in Denver after the cabin filled with smoke and then he made an eyebrow-raising suggestion for a new airplane feature.

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I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I dont think she knows just how worried some of us were, he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When you have a fire in an aircraft, theres no place to go, exactly, theres no and you cant find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows dont open. I dont know why they dont do that. Its a real problem. So its 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 shes safe and sound.

As bloggers at Gawker, Wonkette and Daily Kos pointed out not without snark there are sound scientific reasons for having sealed windows on airplanes.

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