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James Fallows: Give Mitt a Break About Airplane Windows Comment

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by Carl Herrera, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Carl Herrera

    Carl Herrera Contributing Member

    Feb 16, 2007
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    A little background:

    1. Ann Romney's plane make an emergency landing after an on-board fire.

    2. Mitt Romney said he didn't know why plane windows don't open to allow oxygen in. He was mocked for it.

    James Fallows, not a Mitt supporter, but a Democrat who once worked for Jimmy Carter made the following blog post. Fallows is also an amateur pilot himself.


    The interesting parts to me:

    1. I has no idea Mitt had a fear of flying. He obviously does it anyway and does it frequently. Kudos to him for doing it.

    2. Wonder if Royce White is the same way.

    3. I actually didn't know how they pressurize the cabin. Makes sense, but never thought about the topic. Good to know that air is continuously coming in and a fire won't just deplete the oxygen (though fire is still VERY bad news).
  2. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member
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    Jul 24, 2007
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    This isn't really a big deal to me but you would think that with all of the movies and TV shows that show people and things getting sucked out of an airplane when a window or door are blown out that it is fairly common knowledge why planes don't have operable windows because of pressurization.

    In fact the Twilight Zone clip that Fallows post in his article shows that very thing.

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