Alaska Airlines Bans Alaska State Senator for ‘Continued’ Violation of Mask Rules

In this Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican, holds a copy of the Alaska Constitution during a committee hearing in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska Airlines has banned the Alaska state senator for refusing to follow mask requirements. Last week Reinbold was recorded in …
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Alaska Airlines banned an Alaska state senator for allegedly continuing to violate the airline’s mask rules.

“We have notified Senator Lora Reinbold that she is not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy,” spokesperson Tim Thompson told the Anchorage Daily News on Saturday, adding that the flying ban was effective immediately.

Reinbold (R-Eagle River) said she had not heard of such a ban and hoped to fly with the airline in the future.

Last week, Reinbold was caught on camera arguing with Alaska Airlines staff about mask policies at Juneau International Airport. A video posted on Twitter appears to show staff telling Reinbold that a mask must cover her mouth and nose:

Reinbold said she had been asking about a “mask exemption with uptight employees at the counter.”

“I was reasonable with all Alaska Airlines employees,” Reinbold said, adding that she eventually boarded her flight to Anchorage.

Reinbold has reportedly objected to Alaska Airlines’ mask policy on multiple occasions.

Thompson said how long Reinbold’s ban will be in effect is to be determined and will be under review.


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