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Senator Lora Reinbold drives over 800 miles to Juneau from Anchorage after Alaska Airlines travel ban

Senator Lora Reinbold drives through Canada to Capitol after Alaska Airlines Ban

By APE Staff

April 26, 2021

State Senator Lora Reinbold (R) drove with her husband from her home in Eagle River over 800 miles to Alaska's capital city of Juneau as a result of an Alaska Airlines temporary travel ban imposed on her Saturday.

In an interview on the Tom Anderson Show this morning, Senator Reinbold explained,

“I thought the timing of the ban was very interesting. I will put that on the table for you. I will tell you that I did have a mask. I have a mask exemption. I simply inquired about the mask exemption downstairs (Juneau Airport), and there were some uptight employees and I ended up putting the mask on, wearing it, and I wore it in the waiting area. I sat quietly up there in the waiting area.  I will tell you that I got confronted by an uptight employee upstairs (at Juneau Airport) completely unprovoked. She just came and talked to me. I’m not going to get into the details of that. And then again someone barked at me at the counter and I pulled my mask up. It was really bizarre because there were so many people surrounding me, it was interesting how it all played out. But then I ended up just trying to figure out who all these people around me and then I ended up – and that’s what you’ll see in the video – I was just trying to figure out who all these people were. And then I ended up just going to the gate, because interestingly – when all this was being videoed, I had been paged, which I thought was quite interesting. Then, interestingly a video showed up, that was another interesting thing, and then the news knew everything so quickly, I was blown away. And then I didn’t get an email until Saturday, which I thought – again, that was interesting. And then I had to quickly figure out a way to get to Juneau because no one talked to me in regards to Alaska Airlines, I just got an email. It just completely blew me away that they wouldn’t even get my side of the story, didn’t do due process, and yet they issued a punishment just like what the Governor basically did and what happened in Judiciary, very interesting. Well anyway, I did wear a mask on the flight. I know that the story is being twisted, even with the mask exemption, again – I wore it in the waiting area; I wore it right after the agent told me. I wore it in the waiting area; I wore it on the plane. So this story is really getting a different portrayal than what actually happened. But I will tell you there are a lot of red flags and we will be looking into it.”

Senator Lora Reinbold drives over 800 miles to Juneau from Anchorage after Alaska Airlines travel ban
Senator Lora Reinbold drives over 800 miles to Juneau from Anchorage after Alaska Airlines travel ban

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