While 57,000 TSA employees are expected to work without pay during the government shutdown, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), a government worker himself, thinks it's just dandy to travel first class. While sitting in his plush seat on a flight from Chicago to Washinton, D.C., a fellow traveler confronted him.
“Congressman, do you think it’s appropriate to fly first class while 57 TSA agents aren’t being paid?”"
Davis is as silent as a church mouse.
“Taking that as a yes...Taxpayers paid for this flight? Fair enough,” the passenger says.
A GOP congressman flew first class today on a taxpayer-funded flight* on day 32 of the shutdown. A fellow passenger wasn't thrilled.
— Akbar Shahid Ahmed (@AkbarSAhmed) January 22, 2019
Apparently, Davis bought a coach ticket and upgraded to first class using frequent flier points. But the optics are ugly, to say the least.