Members of Congress usually fly coach. The government doesn’t pay for first class for them to travel between their home and D.C. They may get upgrades as frequent flyers, and some do buy up to first.
In the Before Times, pre-pandemic, I’d regularly see Members of Congress walking to the back of my regular Thursday afternoon American Airlines DC – Dallas flights.
Members, though, do receive special services on the ground and other perks. Delta for instance regularly hands out elite status to Georgia politicians. And there are special reservations desks that allow them to book several flights and only pay for the ones they actually take. (Government fares are refundable in any case.)
But if you’re going to take a Senator to task for flying in luxury, please please don’t make it one who is flying extra legroom coach. Currently Delta’s “Comfort+” seats no longer even come with complimentary booze (beer and wine only, and not on the shortest flights).
It was a crazy week in D.C. so I’ll chalk it up to that, I suppose, when a woman harasses Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), pointing out he’s in “Delta-Plus, that’s what you get for selling out to the [Chinese Communist Party].”
You really would think that those bought off by a major world power would be flying first class. Unless, of course, they’re trying to hide their new wealth. What would QAnon say?
Certainly when Chinese Community Party members travel to the upcoming Twentieth Party Congress they’ll be flying up front! Even top North Korean officials do – in communism everyone is equal, but Air Koryo has business class.
Although oddly for someone supposedly on China’s payroll, he co-sponsored a bill in the Senate that would increase the power of the federal government to prevent China from purchasing U.S. companies.