President Barack Obama may fly on Air Force One, but he's also the number one politician most likely to get tossed out of a plane, according to an online survey.
The poll surveyed 1,062 U.S. adults on how they would interact with various U.S. politicians and pundits if they found themselves on the same flight. With 22.3 per cent of the vote, Obama took the title as “the candidate people would most like to eject from their plane,” beating out other politicians like Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney (16.6%); former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin (15.7%) and past president, George W. Bush (9.6%).
The results even shocked Cheapflights, the travel search website behind the poll, says Ben Rosier, a rep with the company.
“This was meant as a fun poll, but it clearly also highlights the U.S. public’s love/hate relationship with all politicians — and their jaded view of the current campaign. We were genuinely surprised at the number of people who suggested taking the parachute from their choice of candidate for ejection.”
While the 44th U.S. President was the one most likely to get the boot from a plane, he did score some more (positive) labels in the survey. With 15.9 per cent of the vote, Americans rated Obama as the candidate passengers would want to sit next to on a flight. In addition to takings top honours in the "best seat mate category", Obama was also voted most trusted to pilot a plane, winning over one-fifth of the votes.
Dan Quayle, (The U.S.' 44th Vice President) on the other hand, wasn't getting too much love from his fellow Americans and was voted as the candidate they didn't want to sit next to or pilot their plane. No Canadian politicians were mentioned on the survey, but there are a few faces whose airline shenanigans would probably rank them among Quayle.
Back in late October, New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash was removed from an Air Canada Jazz flight after being too drunk to fly. There's also the ruckus that Canadian Senator Rod Zimmer and his wife, Maygan Sensenberger, caused when Sensenberger allegedly threatened to slit her husband's throat on board an Air Canada flight. The dispute later led to Sensenberger pleading guilty to causing a disturbance on a flight in a Saskatchewan court.
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