Kenneth Copeland is once again justifying his use of private aircraft, this time saying that flyers are a distraction. During an ambush interview, the televangelist told reporters that he doesn’t want to be interrupted by drunk or disruptive passengers as he prepares to preach a sermon.
According to Kenneth Copeland, doing holy work requires one to fly in a private jet.
The televangelist once again defended his use of a fleet of private aircraft during an ambush interview with Inside Edition. As noted by travel blog View From the Wing, the minister owns multiple aircraft, including one purchased from filmmaker Tyler Perry.
During the interview, Copeland claimed that flyers “get pushed into alcohol.” As a result, passengers may be forcefully removed from aircraft, which can cause disruption and distraction. The most famous case may be that of David Dao, who was dragged off a United Airlines flight in 2017. In that situation, Dao was not inebriated but rather refused to give up his seat on an overbooked flight.
Copeland says that while he loves people, commercial flying is not conducive to preparing to preach the gospel. Thus, he flies aboard one of his private aircraft, including a Gulfstream V. Private aircraft management company Liberty Jet estimates a Gulfstream V to cost upwards of $8.25 million, with annual costs exceeding $1.5 million for 200 hours of flight time.
“Do you think that’s a good place for a preacher to be and prepare to go preach to a lot of people when somebody in there is dragging some woman down an aisle,” Copeland told Inside Edition. “I can’t be doing that when I’m trying to get ready to preach.”
In 2018, the televangelist asked his followers to donate towards the purchase an additional jet for his fleet.