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Alaska Airlines said Saturday that it has banned state Sen. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, from its flights for continuing to refuse to follow mask-wearing requirements for travelers.

No other airline has scheduled flights between Anchorage and Juneau, and Reinbold is now in Southcentral Alaska. A trip by sea and land could take several days: Juneau has no overland road access, and some kind of ferry trip would be required.

“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 said by email.

Reinbold has been vocal in her objections to COVID-19 mitigation measures and has repeatedly objected to Alaska Airlines’ mask policy, which was enacted in 2020 before the federal government began requiring masks aboard aircraft and public transportation earlier this year.

Last year, she referred to airline staff as “mask bullies” and the airline itself as “part of mask tyranny” after being asked by Alaska Airlines flight attendants to wear a mask aboard a flight. After the incident, she sent a cake to some airline flight attendants. The cake bore an inscription saying, “I’m sorry if I offended you.”

The airline’s ban comes after an incident this week at Juneau International Airport in which Reinbold was recorded apparently arguing with airport and Alaska Airlines staff about the mask policies.

Not surprisingly, she is shocked to learn that the rules apply to her.

Reinbold addressed the situation in a text message.

“I was reasonable with all Alaska Airlines employees,” she said. “I have been flying on Alaska Air for decades and am an MVP Gold (frequent flyer). I inquired about mask exemption with uptight employees at the counter.”

She said the timing of the complaint “and a specific employee” is of keen interest.

“I have been assured this (will) be looked into,” she said.

9 thoughts on “Hope You Like Boats

  1. nooneithinkisinmytree

    What would she do in an in-flight emergency when the MASKS drop from above to supply oxygen?

    Would there be some way for the pilot or an attendant to shut off her individual supply of oxygen in such a case, because perhaps the rest of us don’t WANT her, in fact are offended that OH NOW it’s OK to wear a mask in our presence, especially on a passenger plane in a dive with the pilots standing and pulling with all their might on the stick.

    This is psychosis. Major group psychosis, malignantly and gleefully self-induced, on a national scale.

    The Covid-19 virus, more fundamentally intelligent than any radical conservative American, recognizes this volunteer super-spreader, as a ready and willing vector to accomplish its business on Earth.

    The country does not go forward with these twats among us.

    I hope the airline employee she is in the process of targeting and ruining is heavily armed.

  2. sapient

    I was on Amtrak today, and the mask requirement is being sternly enforced. That is, Amtrak crew are sternly telling passengers things like: “Young man, the mask goes above the nose, and under the chin.”

    Did my heart good.

  3. nooneithinkisinmytree


    Case closed.

    I mean, really, the Supreme Court is likely to defenestrate any local control over concealed weapons.

    Should make for good public sidewalk confrontations.

    Are the ferries in Alaska public transport? Keelhaul that scum. And then send her the bill.

  4. sapient

    Yeah, not sure how Lora Reinbold is going to get from there to wherever. I guess I’ll have to look it up later if I can see through my foggy reading glasses. :)

  5. sapient

    bobbyp would probably know about the ferry thing. I’m on the fence about needing a mask outside, but I wear one in places where I’ll run into people just to be polite to those who care about it and to troll those who are antagonists.

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