Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford admitted to extensive domestic and international air travel from her home in California, despite her saying she fears flying.
The fear of flying was used as an excuse for Ford not being able to testify in a timely manner before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The prosecutor brought in by the GOP Senate judiciary, Rachel Mitchell, asked the California resident, “Dr. Ford, how did you get to Washington?”
“In an airplane,” she said.
The council asked if her “fear of flying” is true.
“I was hoping … to avoid having to get on an airplane,” Ford said. “But I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane.”
Mitchell asked, “When you were here in the Mid-Atlantic area back in August, end of July, August, how did you get here?”
“Also by airplane,” Ford said. Mitchell noted that Ford lists travel to “Hawaii, Costa Rica, South Pacific Islands and French Polynesia” as hobbies, asking, “Have you been all to those places?”
Ford said, “Yes,” and admitted it was by airplane. Ford also admitted that she is an appreciator of “Hawaiian and Tahitian culture” and has traveled to those areas of the world.
A flight from California to Tahiti takes approximately eight hours.
Blasey Ford’s friends have told the media that Ford struggles to fly.
A friend, Kate DeVarney, told CNN that Blasey Ford did not enjoy flying, because she “really has a hard time being in a place where there’s no escape route.”
Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of having sexually assaulted her when he was in high school, has previously told friends that the alleged encounter from more than 30 years ago has had a lasting effect on her life.
Two longtime friends of Ford’s told CNN this week that she has previously described feeling uncomfortable — even struggling — when she is in enclosed spaces without an “escape route” or more than one exit door, and suggested that this discomfort stemmed from the alleged encounter with Kavanaugh.
This was the reason that Ford did not enjoy flying, DeVarney said — an airplane was “the ultimate closed space where you cannot get away.”