While the chance to spend the day with their preferred candidate could be enticing to donors, the campaign plane has had a checkered past for the Romney campaign. Although the plane first debuted last month during the Republican National Convention, it broke down just a few days later after a campaign stop in Richmond, Va. The candidate and senior staff were stuck on the tarmac — and subjected to songs from the traveling press corps' iPods.

Just a week earlier, on a separate charter plane, a secret service agent accidentally left her loaded handgun in the bathroom of the aircraft as the candidate flew to Indianapolis.

The weapon was discovered by a CBS producer who informed the Secret Service about the forgotten firearm, which was then retrieved by agents.