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July 29, 2014

The Young and the Not Restless

For most people, flying is a complete nightmare, but we hear everything is better in first class.

Last week, Republican Rep. Todd Young of Indiana got the first-class treatment when he was heading back to Washington, D.C., from Indianapolis.

By the time the riff-raff got to board the US Airways flight, Young was already sitting pretty at the front of the plane.

Shuffling by him to their sardine-can seats in the rear? The rest of the Indiana Republican House delegation.

“The way it works is, we pay the government rate [for plane tickets],” Young’s Communications Director Trevor Foughty explained. The congressman then gets his seat assignment when he arrives at the airport, Foughty said.

In other words, though the taxpayers did pay for Young’s classy trip, his ticket cost the same as the rest of the members flying that day.

So was the congressman excited to get to sit among the upper classes and away from plebeians in coach? Meh.

“I don’t know he thought [first class] was any special perk,” Foughty said.

Um, maybe it has been awhile since Young sat in coach then, because we’ll always think a first-class upgrade is a major perk.

Foughty disagreed.

He said that, for the congressman at least, he feels like “the luckiest man in the world when he gets home after the workweek.”

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