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EPA chief now says he’ll only fly coach after furor over travel costs

March 1, 2018 GMT

The head of the nation’s environmental agency says that he’ll only fly coach in the future, after criticism that the agency was paying for him to fly in first or business class for most flights.

The Environmental Protection Agency said that Scott Pruitt’s security detail flies first class becuase of an “unprecedented” number of threats against him.

Pruitt said his staff and security detail made the decision to upgrade his flights after incidents in airports and other planes that “were not the best” in an interview with New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR.

Now Pruitt said he’s directed his staff to find another way to deal with possible security threats in a way that he can still get cheaper tickets in coach.

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“What I’ve told them going forward is this: There’s a change occurring, you’re going to accommodate the security threats as they exist, you’re going to accommodate those in all ways, alternate ways, up to and including flying coach. And that is going to happen on my very next flight,” Pruitt said on CBS News’ “The Takeout” podcast on Wednesday.