According to her memoir shared on the CBS program, Omarosa received a collection notice a few days after a trip with the U.S. President’s plane, Air Force One, while serving alongside Trump during his time in the White House. According to the notice, he owed and was asked to pay $ 23 to the U.S. State for catering on the trip in question. Immediately, calling the White House military official who is also responsible for the flights, Omarosa asks why he has never eaten on the plane, and why the bill has been billed to him. The official reminds him that he must himself cover the total cost of this service, even if he only has a snack. Omarosa told contestant friends of her surprise that ‘there is no such thing as a free ride in the state‘
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT
For anyone boarding a US presidential plane other than the president, the White House Travel Services Directorate cuts a ticket equivalent to the price of a ‘first class’ plane ticket cut by commercial passenger planes at the distance flown. Flight tickets for the president’s bodyguards, other security officials, advisers and bureaucrats are collected by sending them to their institutions where they receive a salary. If the president of the United States is traveling to participate in a political election campaign, and not because of government duties, all the costs of the flight are paid to the state by the campaign in question. If travel covers both political events and government reviews and contacts together, the White House Travel Services Department divides all travel expenses at the rate of time spent separately on both types of activities. The flight expenses bill for time spent on political activity is billed to the party campaign. For all trips without exception, the cost of tickets and flight services for each guest, including children, family members, friends, who the president put on the plane without official duty, is billed to the person of the head of state.
The Congressional Administration Committee established the members of Congress representation Fund to facilitate coordination between U.S. Congress members ‘ constituencies and the capital and the ability to carry out their duties in a healthy and fast manner. Members of Congress benefit from this fund because they are prohibited from charging flights and services from any other place on their travels related to their duties.
All members of the US Congress, including the speaker of the house, the most senior senator and lawmakers, and their advisers travel on scheduled passenger planes. Although the legislation allows members of Congress to fly first class, members of Congress fly mostly in economy class, as it is an issue that is often questioned by voters in elections. In 2015, Arizona lawmaker Paul Gosar introduced a bill requiring passenger planes to reserve seats for members of Congress, but it was rejected by a large majority of members of Congress.
However, if the trip is about an election campaign, he can pay for a plane ticket. All flight costs of Deputies and senators, and by whom they are paid, are subject to constant scrutiny by the House and Senate Ethics Committees.
MINISTERS AND COMMANDERS
Being a general and Admiral in the United States, or taking senior government service seniority, which is called Senior Executive Service, does not automatically mean laying the red carpet. They also mostly fly economy class on scheduled passenger planes. But those who fly frequently, because of the points they earn, can fly in the ‘premium economy’ class.
However, three-and four-star generals and ministers and deputy ministers can use military private aircraft on official duty flights, if necessary, because their time is considered more valuable from the point of view of the state.
The U.S. Navy controls the C-37A fleet of Gulfstream V jets that carry top civil and military government officials on such mandatory journeys.
However, any general and a civilian senior official who wants to use one of these planes on the journey must obtain permission by informing the US Department of Defense about the purpose of the trip. He can’t just allocate planes to his own journey by mir or instruction.
Senior generals and ministers also often travel on scheduled passenger planes because they do not want to draw attention to such a formality.
Senior government officials are allowed to fly in the ‘premium economy’ class despite having ‘economy’ tickets or to use the VIP lounges of flight companies at airports, even if they have flown for official duties, with Points Earned due to their scheduled flights. The only requirement is that the extra charge for such services is not reflected in the state at all.
All this flight privilege also has a thorn; because of the General Services Department’s desire to work with the airline that will deliver the least load to the state and offer the most economical flight, you can only fly with the cheapest airline companies to the range you will fly.
This complex and transparent system is why scandals involving ministers or senior bureaucrats in the United States often surround airline tickets.
BUREAUCRATS AND OTHER PUBLIC OFFICIALS
Any civil servant and any uniformed person must comply with the rules of the 1548-page joint Travel Regulations on any official trip. This legislation separately regulates all types of travel scenarios that may be related to official travel by government officials.
Domestic flights can only make official travel between any two cities with previously agreed Airlines. The flight ticket can only be purchased with a state-allocated Citibank card and at a discounted rate agreed by the state and the firm. Because of this official flight, the attendant who purchased the ticket cannot earn any flight points. If an American company flies to the flight point on foreign trips, tickets cannot be obtained from a foreign company. It’s impossible for public officials to fly ‘first class’ out of the state’s pouch unless it’s a health issue. If a Business class flight is to be made, this flight must also be approved in advance.