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Mitt Romney gave the Internets another chuckle Monday with (possibly sarcastic) comments that appeared to show the GOP presidential candidate confused by the physics of aviation.

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After his wife, Ann Romney, was forced to make an emergency landing last weekend, Mitt was worried because “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly."

Romney said the biggest problem in a distressed aircraft is that "the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous."


The reason airplane they don’t open, of course, is because there isn’t enough oxygen outside to keep people alive. Oxygen masks are present in case of of cabin pressure or window failures.

"You can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open," Romney went on, suggesting that additional oxygen could have helped.

In fact, additional oxygen would have fed the flames.

However, Ashley Parker, a New York Times reporter who filed on the comments, reports that "it was clear from the context that he was not being serious."

The UK’s Telegraph also reports that "It’s worth noting that Romney has a habit of throwaway lines that suggest a barbed sense of humor that no one else quite gets."

No word if he blames the 47 percent for sucking up all the oxygen and not producing enough CO2, or if he was against airplane windows rolling down before he was for it.

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