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Airline bans lawmaker over masks


Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold has been banned from Alaska Airlines flights.

“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,” spokesman Tim Thompson told the Anchorage Daily News on Saturday.

The suspension, which was made effective immediately, is “pending further review,” according to Thompson.

Reinbold, a Republican who has been a staunch opponent of mask rules, addressed the ban in a Facebook post on Sunday, writing that she was “reasonable” with all employees. “I inquired about mask exemption with uptight employees at the counter,” she said, noting that she was “respectful of Alaska Airlines policies.”

She added that she hopes to be on an Alaska Airlines flight in the near future.

Last week, Reinbold was recorded in Juneau International Airport arguing with Alaska Airlines staff about mask policies. A video posted to social media appears to show airline staff telling Reinbold her mask must cover her nose and mouth.

She added a comment to her post that while she doesn’t “find the mask policy to substantiated nor do I want corporations to violate civil rights” she still wore a face shield while checking in and wore a mask during the flight despite an exemption.





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