Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Swing and a miss! Mitt Romney attacked on flight from Vancouver

Former governor Mitt Romney was attacked by a passenger on an Air Canada flight Monday morning.
The former 2008 Republican presidential hopeful had been in Vancouver since Friday for the Winter Olympics. He was attacked as he was leaving Vancouver with his wife, Ann, according to Romney’s spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom.
Romney, 62, reportedly asked the passenger sitting in front of his wife to raise his seat during takeoff after the passenger had reclined his seat. The man allegedly became violent and took a swing at the former 2008 presidential hopeful.
A Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, first reported the story, saying that Romney was “physically threatened” by a passenger.
"Gov. Romney did not retaliate, but instead allowed the airline crew to respond to the incident," Fehrnstrom said in a statement to the Globe.
Romney was not injured. The pilot returned to the gate, and the suspect was removed from the plane by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The same plane took off a short time later and later landed safely in Los Angeles.
Romney was the head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and was an honored guest at the 2010 games.
It was also reported in the Globe and Mail that Romney was flying economy. Next time Mitt spring for first class, far less crazies there. 

I am not that old, but I can still remember when flying was a civilized affair. A bad flight meant that either the airport lost your luggage or you got stuck with  a surly stewardess. Not any more, flying is down right ghetto now. First you have to endure the indignities of the Pointy Object Police and then you are subjected to all sorts of crazies who think confined space are a good place to freak out. Add to the mix inhumane waits on the runway and you have a cross-country Greyhound trip with wings.

The first airline that finds a way to bring civility back to air travel is going to make a mint!


Kelsey said...

And you practically have to pay for the pleasure of breathing oxygen while on board. I swear, next they'll be charging you for the pounds of air pressue you breathe.

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

I think everyone takes incidents on airplanes more seriously than before. I remember on a flight someone was caught smoking. The Mounties were waiting for him in Toronto.
I imagine it was some drunken idiot who took the swing.

Clifton B said...


Oh how could I have forgotten the nickel and diming us to death.

Clifton B said...


Judging from the article, it seems like the dude took a swing because he was a loon and not a lefty loon.

Nikki said...

Haha Clifton I love it! Thanks for the linky love and we may have to talk about the linked items at the bottom with the zip it know I love ya! :)N

Clifton B said...


I thought you might be worried someone hit you man. I see you will be ripping my gal Palin today. I may have to call in and defend her.

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