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It is a class act.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ditched coach commoners and edged closer to elites in first class on an American Airlines flight, skipping the left wing altogether for a spacious seat closer to the cockpit after a weekend break strain for comrades in the Lone Star state, an eyewitness told the Post.
The congresswoman was identified by a stunned tipster who flew on flight AA1405 on a Boeing 737-800 from Austin to John F. Kennedy International Airport last Sunday and managed to snap a photo of AOC from his seat two rows lower.
“I don’t feel like anyone in first class knew she was there or anyone of her fame was there,” the tipster said. “She was also pretty incognito,” wearing a large mask that covered half her face.
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A one-way first class flight on American Airlines from Austin to New York on Sunday costs between $400 and $600. Economy flights cost between $300 and $400 less.
During the three-hour trip, AOC tucked into 21-inch-wide seats with an extra 7 inches of legroom that the coach passengers didn’t appreciate. Economy class passengers had to make do with snacks and soft drinks, while first class received full dinner service.
“They would have had a choice of a sandwich with salad, side dish, dessert. Alcoholic beverages are available free of charge,” an airline representative said.
The class “uprising” is a new look — at least publicly — for AOC, who moved with her family from the Bronx to Yorktown Heights in Westchester when she was 5.
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“It’s definitely different,” said a person who knew the socialist early in her political career. At the time at least, AOC flew by coach. “There has definitely been a shift in his desire to enjoy the finer things in life.”
“She lives above a Whole Foods and drives a Tesla, so she probably feels more at home up front,” said one of AOC’s fellow Democratic congressmen, while Rep. of the GOP, Nicole Malliotakis, accused the AOC of living “a luxurious lifestyle while pushing radical policies”. it would force his constituents to live in misery.”
In September, AOC raised eyebrows for attending the Met Gala, where individual tickets cost $35,000 and tables started at $200,000. Among his guests at the famous 1% friendly party were billionaire heir Benjamin Bronfman and Aurora James – a wealthy fashionista who avoids taxes.
Ocasio-Cortez spent the past weekend in San Antonio rallying progressive troops to support aspiring new members of the “Squad.” Greg Casar, a former Austin City Councilman, is running for an open house seat, while Jessica Cisneros delivers a spirited primary to scandal-scarred incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar.
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While most politicians use campaign funds for such trips, the AOC team declined to say why they chose to fly first class, how much the ticket cost or who paid for the trip. Spokeswoman Lauren Hitt will simply say that “no government funds were used for this flight”.