EPA administrator Scott Pruitt flies first class to avoid “unpleasant interactions”


Pruitt is one of several Trump officials with an expensive travel habit.

Like many of us, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt enjoys peace and quiet when he travels and jumps at the chance for a seat upgrade.

Unlike most of us, he does it with federal tax money.

The Washington Post reported this week that Pruitt once spent $1,641.63 on a first class seat for the 90-minute flight from Washington, DC, to New York City to do a television interview about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change accord. The ticket cost six times as much as the tickets for the two media aides who traveled with him in coach.

He flies regularly in first and business class while his entourage sits in coach, including for international trips he made to Italy and Morocco last year. This week, Pruitt was spotted flying first class again from DC to Boston.

The EPA has cited security as the reason why Pruitt springs for more legroom, early boarding, and free drinks. Since taking office, Pruitt has surrounded himself with a 24/7 security detail, built a secret phone booth at the EPA’s headquarters, and swept his office for surveillance bugs.

Pruitt told Bloomberg that these steps were necessary because he faces “unprecedented” threats.

But David Eggert of the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Pruitt said he flies in first class because of “unpleasant interactions with other travelers.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.

— David Eggert (@DavidEggert00) February 14, 2018

Expensive travel frequently trips up high-profile public employees. …read more

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