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State Senator banned from airline for refusing to wear a mask

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Alaska State Senator Lora Reinbold has been reportedly banned from flying with Alaska Airlines after she repeatedly refused to follow their mask policy.

“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 told Anchorage Daily News Saturday.

The statement from the airline was released after Reinbold was caught on video arguing with airline staff at the Juneau International Airport about their mask policies.  In the video staff members reportedly tell Reinbold that her face mask must cover both her mouth and her nose.

Despite the statement Reinbold told reporters that she had not been informed that she was banned from the airline and hoped to be back on a flight with them soon.

” I was reasonable with all Alaska Airlines employees,” Reinbold said.

She also added that after the incident she was still able to board the airline.

Reinbold is said to have issues with Alaska airlines over facial masks. Last year she referred to the airline as “mask bullies.”

It is unclear how long Reinbold will be forbidden from traveling with Alaska Airlines. The company says they will review the incidents and determine a length of time from there.