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EPA Chief’s First-Class Travel Prompted by ‘Aggressive’ Encounters, Official Says

  • Security chief for cabinet official explains first-class trips
  • Pruitt’s environmental rollbacks have spurred angry encounters
Scott Pruitt
Scott PruittPhotographer: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s much-criticized reliance on first-class flights to whisk him around the world is necessary to ensure his protection amid ‘vulgar’ encounters and threats from the public, EPA security officials said Thursday. 

The EPA chief has regularly sat in first- and business- class seats during his nearly one year leading the agency, generating a storm of controversy. Pruitt’s pricey travel, according to travel records first reported by the Washington Post, included a $1,641.43 trip from Washington, D.C. to New York City last June and a round-trip ticket to Italy last summer that cost $7,003.52.