Taking a cue from the Bush “administration”, GM tries disappearing the problem:
General Motors, criticized by lawmakers for its use of corporate jets, has asked aviation regulators to block the public’s ability to track a plane it uses.
“We availed ourselves of the option as others do to have the aircraft removed” from a Federal Aviation Administration tracking service, a G.M. spokesman, Greg Martin, said in an interview.
If nobody knows where their plane is, maybe they could make some extra money flying suspected terrorists to black sites for Dick Cheney.
Enough with the jets already – powerful executives need them I suppose. On the other hand, pretending the problem doesn’t exist instead of dealing with the reality is just … so Bushlike. And look how he turned out.
Critics of a federal aid package for G.M., Ford and Chrysler spotlighted the private jets as an example of why the companies did not deserve a bailout.
The Gulfstream jet was leased from GE Capital Solutions in Danbury, Conn., a unit of General Electric. The last tracked flights of the plane were a flight to Washington on Tuesday, and a flight to Dallas afterward. Its movements could no longer be tracked after that.
An F.A.A. spokeswoman, Laura Brown, said she could not immediately determine whether her agency had granted G.M.’s request. “We do this routinely” for aircraft owners, she said on Wednesday. “They don’t have to have a reason” for requesting the block, she said.
Oh we know the reason alright.