Air Force Boo

AIR FORCE BOO….This story has been making the rounds:

After a four-day overseas trip that took him to four countries in the Middle East, Vice President Dick Cheney really wanted to get his iPod charged for that long return flight to Washington.

Since it is his plane, the vice president’s iPod took priority and was plugged into one of the only working power outlets on Air Force Two, frustrating reporters who were trying to file stories.

Fine, whatever. The vice president has an iPod. The reporters had to break out their quill pens. Got it.

But what I want to know is whether it’s really true that Air Force Two has only two working power outlets. Two? For a plane that routinely carries the vice president, his staff, a slew of reporters, various other hangers-on, and an enormous pile of high tech communications equipment? Is there some reason they can’t install a few more power outlets?

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