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EPA administrator Scott Pruitt answers a question during the 2017 Concordia Summit in Manhattan, New York. Photo by Jeenah...

EPA chief says he flies first class due to security concerns

WASHINGTON — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke about his flight costs on Tuesday in a pair of interviews in New Hampshire, following a first-class flight to meet with the state’s Republican governor and tour a toxic waste site.

Pruitt told the New Hampshire Union Leader that “incidents” on prior flights resulted in his staff and security detail deciding to book premium-class seats for him.

Pruitt is the first EPA administrator to have a 24-hour security detail that accompanies him at all times, even at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

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