Alaska Airlines has banned Senator Lora Reinbold (R – Eagle River) for continued refusal to comply with their mask policy. A spokesperson for Alaska Airlines provided the Landmine with the following comment:
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. This suspension is effective immediately pending further review. Federal law requires all guests to wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times during travel, including throughout the flight, during boarding and deplaning, and while traveling through an airport.
Reinbold flew to Anchorage on Thursday. Video obtained by the Landmine from the Juneau airport showed her arguing with Alaska Airlines staff, as well as demanding to know the name and badge number of a Juneau police officer. The only way for her to return to Juneau is drive through Canada to Haines, and either take a ferry or small plane to Juneau, take a ferry from Whittier, or charter a plane from Anchorage. The Alaska Marine Highway requires passengers to wear masks. Reinbold has sparred with Alaska Airlines employees over the mask policy since session began in January.
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