Consistent with DoD policy, Marine Corps sponsored travelers who are authorized to use commercial air carriers within or outside the United States for official business will use less than first-class accommodations.
Approving Authority for the Use of First-Class Air Accommodations.
Regardless of rank when circumstances require first-class air travel, authorization must be obtained from the Secretary of the Navy via the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code MMOS).
Procedures/Circumstances Required for First-Class Air Travel
. First-class air travel can only be used when exceptional circumstances dictate use of this class accommodation. Such circumstances primarily involve considerations of security and when travel must be performed at a specific time and no other accommodations are available. Authorization for the use of first-class air accommodations shall be made in advance of the actual travel unless extenuating circumstances or emergency situations make advance authorization impossible. If advance authorization cannot be obtained, written approval from the CMC, Code MMOS shall be obtained at the earliest possible time.
Prior authorization or subsequent approval not required when:
Blanket approval (prior authorization or subsequent approval not required) when:
- First-class is the only service offered between origin and destination, including connecting points. The traveler must certify the single class of service on the travel voucher.
- A traveler wishes to fly first-class, paying the additional charge to the carrier or CTO from personal funds.
Blanket Authority Granted to Individuals.
- The Chief of Mortuary Affairs determines that coach class accommodations for person escorting remains will not allow arrival in time to meet funeral home and burial commitments.
- Marine Corps escort officers are required to accompany foreign military officers, provided all costs are paid from foreign military sales funds.
The Secretary of the Navy may grant blanket authority to an individual for use of first-class travel on a continuing basis. This is done only in exceptional cases of unquestionable justification, such as a physically handicapped person incapable of traveling in less than first-class accommodations. When travel occurs under such authority, it is required that the date of the blanket authority, date of travel and the route traveled be reported to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code MMOS).
Documentation and Reporting First Class Travel.
In all cases, proper documentation must be maintained to support first-class travel. The transportation endorsement to the original orders shall contain the reason for use of first-class accommodations and the approving agency. In the absence of authorization or approval, the traveler is responsible for all additional costs resulting from the use of first-class travel.