Do you think that if Mitt Romney loses in November, he will have more time to pursue a flighty business investment that is already on his mind these days: roll-down airplane windows. Ever since his wife's plane was forced to land when smoke filled the cabin, Mitt has been wondering aloud why the passengers couldn't have sought fresh air by opening the plane's windows when the smoke was first detected.
As he explained his concern for Ann's safety to the Los Angeles Times, "You can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft." So when there's a fire in the plane, "There's no place to go, exactly."
Exactly. The problem, of course, is that a burst of oxygen at a plane's cruising level would, among other things, feed a fire. Still, Mitt says he doesn't know why the windows don't open. "It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous."
As one who prefers to be known more as an astute, can-do businessman than as a potential leader of the free world, Mitt has doubtless given thought to a new growth industry of manufacturing convenient open-and-close windows, which will be investigated further on his next trip to China. Meantime, somebody should tell him that for the time being he will have make do with those drop-down gizmos called oxygen masks.