Austin American-Statesman: This is how much it costs to fly Air Force One
“We have no clue as to what the rules are when it comes to Air Force One and how they’re charged,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center...
McGehee said Congress does not maintain oversight of the White House rule-making arm and hasn’t held a hearing on presidential travel since the early 1990s.
“The problem with the current system is without transparency, there's no independent way of knowing that those rules are in fact being applied fairly,” McGehee said.
McGehee said that even though Air Force One is expensive, it allows the president to travel in the most secure setting, which is more important with today’s heightened terrorist threats.