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Alaska State Senator Becomes Latest Flyer Banned from Alaska Airlines

Alaska State Senator Becomes Latest Flyer Banned from Alaska Airlines
Joe Cortez

After skirting face covering rules aboard Alaska Airlines, an Alaska state senator is the latest person to be banned from the carrier. Lora Reinbold now says she has to drive and take a ferry to the state’s capital, after the Seattle-based airline says she continually refused to “comply with employee instructions regarding the current mask policy.”

When Alaska state senator needed to travel from her district to the state’s capitol in Juneau, she would normally board an Alaska Airlines flight connecting the two cities. Now, her commute consists of a drive and ferry trip, after she was banned by the carrier for her “continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy” due to the COVID-19 pandemic The Associated Press reports state senator Lora Reinbold is the latest person to be placed on the internal ban list for not wearing a covering.

Reinbold’s Face Mask Ban Considered Temporary Until Review

Since the start of the pandemic, Alaska Airlines has mandated a strict face mask policy for all flyers. By August 2020, the carrier started distributing “yellow cards” to flyers who did not wear a face covering, giving them the chance to correct their behaviors or face cancellation of their itinerary.

According to the carrier, Reinbold has continually refused to follow the face mask rule. A spokesperson for Alaska Airlines told the AP that her ban would be considered temporary until it can be reviewed by the safety and security team. If they uphold the decision, Reinbold could be asked not to fly with the carrier until the pandemic comes to an end.

As Alaska is the biggest carrier to offer service between her district outside of Anchorage and the state capital of Juneau, Reibold now says she is only able to make the trip by driving through a portion of Canada and boarding a ferry. In a comment to the AP, she noted there were “some uptight employees in regards to my mask inquiry, trying to figure out a mask exemption, what the policy was,” but her commute now gives her a “new appreciation” for the state ferry system.

Face Mask Mandate Continues to Require Flyers to Don Coverings

Regardless of opinions, all flights and other public transportation is subjective to a national face mask mandate, requiring all flyers to wear a covering when aboard an aircraft. Those who refuse and create a disruption could be subject to civil penalties from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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11 Comments

  1. Dr.Ells

    April 26, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Honestly, if I had to fly to commute for work like this woman, I’d inquire about the face covering policy, too. It is annoying as hell, and I don’t plan to fly until the mandate is lifted. I don’t mind them telling me to wear a shirt and shoes, but this is ridiculous now. At this point, if stewards and stewardesses just want to continue to control the passengers, it’s using the pandemic as a convenient excuse; if they were truly afraid of the virus, they wound not enter an airport.

  2. MRM

    April 27, 2021 at 6:57 am

    There’s nothing to “figure out” with the mask policy. Wear one. Period. Typical politician trying to muddy perfectly clear waters…

    I certainly hope this ban is permanent through the pandemic – let her schlep herself around for awhile and see if she can figure out how to follow directions in the next year or so – or however long the mask policy is in effect. These policies aren’t difficult for people with functioning brains; if people can’t understand the rules, they shouldn’t fly. Good luck to them!

  3. MRM

    April 27, 2021 at 7:09 am

    No cops at the airport? Sounds safe.

    What a bunch of idiots – just goes to show how stupid and entitled “adults” can be when they don’t get their way. I guess we’ll await the follow-up where the airline apologizes for not kicking off other flyers to suit the group of four – or for moving onto an actual group of 3 when the 4 didn’t bite on the seats. Here’s a hint, group of 4 idiots: BUY A SEAT AND AVOID THE PROBLEM – it’s clear they’re not bright enough to understand how “standby” works.

  4. Seacrzn

    April 27, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    She needs to be banned until this is over.
    She knew the rules but chose to not follow them.

  5. VRFast

    April 28, 2021 at 4:14 am

    MRM and Seacrzn, I fully agree. This is nothing to figure out. Mask = fly, anti masker = you take a looong ferry ride and drive to work.

  6. Orange County Commuter

    April 28, 2021 at 5:25 am

    It’s a federal rule. If you don’t like it stay home but Dr. Ellis and this idiotic politician both don’t have any “right’ to fly and infect others (no you aren’t that special)

  7. aethelwulf

    April 28, 2021 at 10:23 am

    This woman: “I fly to work every day. I don’t know what the mask policy is. I’m also not going to bother asking what the mask policy is.”
    This woman soon after: “Wah wah wahhhhh, they won’t let me on the plane…”

  8. NonnaGoes

    April 28, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Poor baby. It’s almost as if these whiny jerks never got taught to follow rules as children.

  9. OZFLYER86

    April 28, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    this is all a bit stupid when you can go to packed out stadiums with no masks & no social distancing whatsoever & in the stadium you are much closer than in an aircraft, plus mingling at bars & eaterys in & outside the stadium. Am talking about large 50,000 seat plus stadiums.

  10. SUPERTRAVEL

    April 28, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Any guesses as to whether she is a Democrat or Republican state Senator?

  11. jhurley

    April 28, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I’ll bet she wears one at the Canadian border.

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