From an "Interview with Watchtower Attorney Hayden Covington"
Covington: It took about two and a half to three days. Two and half days from San Diego and I made that trip a lot of times. From New York to San Diego; it takes two and a half days on a Pullman. Of course, we rode Pullman. We went first class, Brother Rutherford told me, "I want you, whenever you travel, to travel first class." And so I did, and Brother Heath did, Nathan Knorr did, and Freddy Franz did too, all the whole bunch of us did.
Sis. Murray: Well you needed your rest and it was more comfortable.
Covington: It's not our comfort, but we were entitled to: the laborer is worthy of his hire.
But the missionaries DIDN'T travel first class, and the pioneers DIDN'T travel first class! I guess they weren't worthy!
How can the higher ups in the Watchtower justify this double standard? Aren't all equal before the Lord?