During Nancy Pelosi's tenure as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, she had access to the "Speaker Shuttle" service offered by the military. This allowed Pelosi to travel from her home district in California to Washington, D.C., aboard military aircraft. Some Republicans claimed Pelosi's use of military aircraft was excessive. There were also rumors that Pelosi wanted a 200-seat jet for her personal use.
Pelosi served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011. She often used the "Speaker Shuttle" service, which the military introduced following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Speaker of the House is third in the line of succession for the presidency, and due to security concerns, President George W. Bush offered Dennis Hastert, then Speaker of the House, access to military aircraft for travel between Washington, D.C., and his home district.
Hastert, whose home district was in Illinois, typically travelled in a 12-seat plane, whereas Pelosi travelled in a 50-seat plane. A larger plane was less likely to need to stop to refuel on a cross-country flight. On one occasion Pelosi travelled on a C-32 plane, which is the military version of a Boeing 757, when no other aircraft were available.
The Speaker of the House may travel for free on the Speaker Shuttle, although other people, such as the Speaker's family and staff, must pay for airfare. Both Pelosi and Hastert invited family and staff to travel on the Speaker's Shuttle.