WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Senator Ted Cruz was photographed on Sunday on an American Airlines flight not wearing a mask, despite the airline’s policy to wear a mask at all times.
- The senator’s spokesperson said that Cruz only removed his mask to drink coffee as the policy says it can be removed when drinking or eating.
- Airlines, including American, require all passengers and crew to wear masks, and not wearing one could place you on their ‘do not fly’ list.
A photograph of Texas Senator Ted Cruz not wearing a mask during a flight was posted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee operative, Hosseh Enad, which is now a subject of a review by American Airlines.
Another photo of the Republican senator without a mask at an airport was also posted by Enad on Twitter.
As chairman of the Senate Commerce subcommittee that has jurisdiction of the Federal Aviation Administration and US airlines, Sen. Cruz is well aware of a June ruling that all must wear a mask during flights and in 20 of the 30 US large hub airports. Refusing to wear the facial covering would mean being listed on a ‘do not fly’ list.
A spokesperson for Sen Cruz said that he was wearing a mask during the flight and only removed it to drink coffee.
He said, “To help promote safety, Senator Cruz wears a mask when traveling, and practices social distancing where possible. Consistent with airline policy, he temporarily removes the mask while eating or drinking.”
“Yesterday during his flight, he removed his mask to drink and put it back on afterward. We should all practice common sense measures to slow the spread of the virus,” the spokesperson added.
American Airlines has already reached out to the senator’s office about the review being done by the company to verify the issue.
The company’s spokesperson told the Hill, “As we do in all instances like these, we reviewed the details of the matter, and while our policy does not apply while eating or drinking, we have reached out to Sen. Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy as part of our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the traveling public.”
Source: The Hill