Alaska pol asks to be excused from work after airline ban

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Alaska pol asks to be excused from work after airline ban

An Alaskan lawmaker who was banned by Alaska Airlines for refusing to adhere to its mask policy has reportedly asked to be excused from legislative business in Juneau because she can’t reach the state capital now.

State Sen. Lora Reinbold, a Republican from Eagle River, was banned by the airline for her “continued refusal” to obey its mask policy for travelers, a company spokesman told the Anchorage Daily News in April.

“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,” spokesman Tim Thompson said in a statement at the time.

On Thursday, Reinbold made a procedural request to her fellow lawmakers to be excused from voting in the Capitol starting Sept. 11 because “there’s no airline that flies into Juneau other than Alaska Airlines that I’m aware of,” the newspaper reported.

Alaska State Sen. Lora Reinbold has requested to be excused from voting at the state's Capitol after being banned by Alaskan Airlines.
Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold has requested to be excused from voting at the state Capitol after being banned by Alaskan Airlines.
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Delta is the only other large airline that flies into Juneau — and its seasonal service to the capital ends in September, the outlet said.

Reinbold fumed on Facebook about the situation last week, writing, “If the only airline that has flights during session to Juneau can unconstitutionally impede a legislator’s ability to get to the capital in a safe and timely fashion, it could undermine our representative republic.”

Responding to a person who commented that she should have worn a mask, she claimed, “I wore a mask in TSA, waiting area, and in plane. An activist had me banned. Not a single warning on flight never a yellow card. Its a political ban!”

Reinbold was reportedly banned by Alaskan Airlines for her “continued refusal” to wear a mask on planes.
Reinbold was reportedly banned by Alaska Airlines for her “continued refusal” to wear a mask on planes.
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Reinbold had reportedly referred to airline staffers as “mask bullies” and Alaska Airlines as being “part of mask tyranny” after she was asked to wear a face covering during a flight last year.

Reinbold, who was elected in 2018, later sent a cake to some Alaska Airlines flight attendants that read, “I’m sorry if I offended you,” according to the Daily News.

The pol said in another online post last week, “The Biden mask mandate was a tyrannical unconstitutional ‘directive’ on transportation that invaded the rights of private citizens and public and private transportation.

“Now he is unconscionably ‘mandating’ an experimental jab with unknown efficacy and safety, on all federal workers and private companies over 100 employees. Americans defend your God given inherent rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!” she wrote.

Reinbold claims that there is no other way for her to get to Juneau since she was banned.
Reinbold claims there is no other way for her to get to Juneau since she was banned.
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She added to the Daily News in a text, “I believe what Alaska Airlines has done by my political ban, restricting my movement from the state capital as a senator, is unconstitutional.”

The lawmaker had repeatedly criticized the airline’s mask policy, which was enacted last year before the federal government’s requirement, the Daily News reported.

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