A House Republican wants U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to sample the misery of the transportation system he oversees.
No, he won’t be floating on a cargo ship that cannot get into a U.S. port. Instead, he would have to fly coach.
Rep. Nancy Mace, a South Carolina Republican, filed a bill on Wednesday that would require Buttigieg and his staff to fly commercial airlines until his department gets to the bottom of massive flight cancellations caused by a meltdown at Southwest Airlines debacle and computer glitch at the Federal Aviation Administration.
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According to NBC News, the debacle at Southwest briefly stranded more than 1 million passengers during the recent holidays.
As The Free Press reported on Wednesday that the FAA temporarily shut down all domestic air travel after an outage in its computer system.
Mace said in a statement that her bill, the Commercial Cabins for Cabinet Members Act, “would require the Secretary of Transportation to only fly commercial, just like every other American, until the FAA reauthorization is completed.”
“This should provide enough time to investigate Southwest and the FAA.”
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A DOT spokesperson told Fox News that Buttigieg mostly flies commercial already since 111 of the 129 flights he has boarded for his official DOT trips have been commercial. He did so to save taxpayers money, the spokesperson said.
Yet the agency admitted that on the rest of those trips, Buttigieg has flown a 9-seat jet owned by the FAA, which reportedly cost less than flying commercial.