An Alaska state senator has been banned from Alaska Airlines following "continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy"...
But the Senator in question, Lora Reinbold, hopes to be on an Alaska Airlines flight in the near future.
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Now, every one of us has had to deal with the challenges 2020 threw at us...
via: GettyAnd now we're in 2021, things seem as though they're very slowly returning to normal.
Places are reopening, restrictions are being lifted...
via: GettyAnd the world feels a little less like an apocalypse movie.
But despite the positive changes, there are still some precautions we all have to take...
via: GettyTo prevent us from plummeting back into the worst of it.
In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.
In the majority of states and in many countries, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask or covering.
Although some people have been choosing to wear a face-covering regardless...
But the issue that many people have discovered is how uncomfortable face masks can be...
Especially when they are worn for a long period of time.
This has resulted in some people simply refusing to wear them, or all together, mocking the importance of wearing a mask.
Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance over and over again.
Healthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.
Face coverings are critical to stopping the spread of #COVID19, so we have updated our guidance to include information on fit, layering and who should wear higher grade masks. But no matter which covering you choose, it's most important to keep wearing it: https://t.co/ZzNcH3PS8H pic.twitter.com/ZUjRbqBiht— nychealthy (@nycHealthy) February 18, 2021
You'd think the pros would outweigh the cons, right?
But now, one Senator who refused to follow mask rules set in place by Alaska Airlines has learned her lesson...
As she's been banned...
Good job 👍🏼. TY Alaska Airlines 😷. She doesn’t care about other people. Selfish senator 🤬— Vegan IsLove 🌱❤️TL50(40x15)🔥 (@VeganIsLove22) April 25, 2021
Thank you @AlaskaAir for putting your passengers and employees first.— Phlox (@nronharris) April 26, 2021
Also, could you please make the ban permanent?
Thank you @AlaskaAir. Nice to know that as passengers you put our health and safety first. Please do not make an exception for this woman. Read it was 30days. This needs to be longer as an example— Jen (@jensco18) April 25, 2021
YES!!!!!!— SoapBox (@SoapBoxinCA) April 25, 2021
Thank you for having a spine Alaska.
These insane RepubliCONS need to know that there are consequences for being a nut.
Why didn’t she just comply with the officer?— johnnyfive (@johnnyf45917735) April 26, 2021
Just another reason why Alaska Airlines is my favorite airline.— Jim Goede (@pilotydude) April 25, 2021
The problem with people is SOME people think they are above the law, above the rules, and above their fellow countrymen. If Alaska knows what is best they will send a strong message and keep her banned for at least a year if not 2. Highly inconvenient for her too.— Alan Kruger (@AlanKrugerTalk) April 26, 2021
.@AlaskaAir, thank you. Please continue to ban anyone who refuses to follow Covid safety. Be for WE the people, not the individual narcissists who believe "ME and my selfish agenda come first."— Buddy Mapel (@buddymapel) April 26, 2021
Thank you @AlaskaAir for caring for your passengers and crew. Arrogant individuals who don’t care about anyone else but themselves and their “rights” and not the welfare of others do not belong in close quarters with anyone.— Donna Stidham (@donnastid) April 26, 2021
Senator Lara Reinbold was recorded in Juneau International Airport last week, arguing with Alaska Airlines staff about mask policies.
The incident, which was filmed and posted online, appears to show airline staff telling Reinbold her mask must cover her nose and mouth.
And now, she's been banned, with the suspension effective immediately.
Tim Thompson, a spokesman for Alaska Airlines spoke with the Anchorage Daily News and said:
"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."
Though as per NBC News, Reinbold said she had not been notified of a ban and that she hoped to be on an Alaska Airlines flight in the near future.
#AlaskaAirlines has banned an Alaska state senator for refusing to follow mask requirements.“We have notified Republican Senator #LoraReinbold that she is not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy" pic.twitter.com/Vue2XgALcA— Abdul Qayyum Malik (@AbdulQa83371233) April 26, 2021
Last year, Reinbold allegedly referred to Alaska Airlines staff as "mask bullies" after being asked by flight attendants to wear a mask while on board.
Thompson said the length of Reinbold's ban will be determined by a review.
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