On March 11, 2009, Newsmax
reported that "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been treating the United
States Air Force as her personal airline, blocking out multiple flights,
issuing last minute cancellations after planes and crew are prepped and
ready, and expressing outrage when the military aircraft weren’t
The article said it
was "based on Air Force documents obtained by
Judicial Watch, the
nonprofit organization that exposes government waste and corruption."
It also said that the Speaker made some requests for travel for her and
her husband that were in conflict to Department of Defense guidelines
and when denied accommodations on some occasions her staff seemed not to
take no for answer.
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In December of 2008,
various eRumors were circulating about the Speaker of the House and her
choice of military aircraft for travel.
It was reported that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi does
occasionally travel on an aircraft provided by the US Air Force but this
is not of her own choosing.
Various news sources, including Fox,
CNN, CBS and MSNBC have reported back in February of 2007 that Speaker
of the House has been flying from coast to coast non-stop on a larger
sized Air Force jet aircraft at the recommendation of the House of
Congress Sergeant of Arms, Bill Livingood and the authorization of
President Bush. According to a CNN report on Feb 9, 2007, "Livingood
said the request was his, and he made it for security reasons."
In a statement on a CBS news website,
the Californian Congresswomen and Speaker of the House said that she actually prefers
to travel on commercial airliners where she can sit with her friends
and get work done.
According to a February 05, 2007 Fox
News article, Speaker Pelosi did inquire about an aircraft for a
Democratic party conference in Williamsberg, VA. The voyage was
about 152 miles and no plane was provided.
Pelosi statement on CBS