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Bumped? EPA Chief Signals He’ll Be Flying Coach After Backlash

  • Pruitt has been criticized for relying on first-class travel
  • Security officials advised the steps amid threats, Pruitt says
Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is getting ready to join passengers in coach after receiving bipartisan criticism for flying first-class around the globe on the taxpayers’ tab.

"There’s a change coming," Pruitt told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett in an interview. Pruitt said he had told his security detail that "you’re going to accommodate the security threats as they exist; you’re going to accommodate those in all ways -- alternate ways -- up to and including flying coach, and that is what’s going to happen on my very next flight."