July 21st, 2010
01:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Cafferty: British prime minister flies commercial to U.S., lesson for our politicians?

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The British Prime Minister broke protocol big time during his trip to the U.S. - he flew commercial.

As one British reporter put it, David Cameron was quote "slumming it in business class" on the flight from London to Washington.

How refreshing. Cameron didn't take his own private jet, he didn't even fly first class. Turns out Cameron is actually walking the walk when it comes to fiscal austerity. Britain, like much of Europe, is in the midst of making drastic cuts to many government programs in order to keep its economy afloat.

Under normal circumstances, Prime Ministers travel on their own planes. They either charter a Boeing 747 or 767 or use military jets. But Downing Street officials say that Cameron's commercial flight saved $300,000. In the grand scheme of things, the amount isn't that significant - but the gesture is huge.

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