Air Force Seeks Anti-Terror $16M for 'Comfort Pods'

Congress nixes funds for high-flying accommodations on military planes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 3:37 AM CDT
The Air Force says the comfort pods are necessary for VIP travel, but the project has caused much grumbling in the ranks.   (Getty Images (by Event) Individuals)
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(Newser) – Air Force chiefs have sought $16 million in anti-terrorism funds to build luxurious "comfort capsules" to be installed in military aircraft for VIP officer travel, reports the Washington Post. The project's costs have soared as finicky generals demand changes, with modifications in the plush leather seats—including a switch from brown to Air Force blue —estimated at $70,000 alone.

Generals insist the capsules—which also include a bed, full-length mirror and 37-inch flat-screen monitor—are necessary for VIPs to rest comfortably. But Congress has repeatedly denied them the funds. One officer described the project as an "embarrassment"—especially in light of the shoddy transportation used to ferry troops.