WA (AP) — The head of the Epa has broken months of quiet about his frequent premium-class plane tickets at taxpayer expense, saying he or she needs to fly first class because of uncomfortable interactions with other travelers.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke about his flight expenses on Tuesday in a pair of selection interviews in New Hampshire, following a first-class flight to meet with the state’s Conservative governor and tour a poisonous waste site.

Pruitt told the brand new Hampshire Union Leader that “incidents” on prior flights resulted in their staff and security detail determining to book premium-class seats pertaining to him.

Pruitt is the first ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY administrator to have a 24-hour security fine detail that accompanies him at all times, actually at the agency’s headquarters in Wa.