Monday, April 26, 2021

Alaska Airlines bans state senator for 'continued refusal' to follow mask rules

Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold stands in a hearing room before the start of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday, March 12, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska.Becky Bohrer / AP file

  / Source: Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Airlines has banned an Alaska state senator for refusing to follow mask requirements.

“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, adding that the suspension was effective immediately.

Reinbold, a Republican of Eagle River, said she had not been notified of a ban and that she hoped 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.

Reinbold told the newspaper that had been inquiring about a “mask exemption with uptight employees at the counter."

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