A Democratic operative photographed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz without a mask on a flight over the weekend — prompting American Airlines to evaluate the matter after the picture was posted on-line, and went viral.
Cruz was snapped bare-cheeked Sunday — with a espresso in a single hand and telephone within the different — whereas flying with one among American’s home regional companions.
The pic was tweeted by Hosseh Enad, a Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee operative, who wrote, “Captured right this moment at 10:45am — @TedCruz on a business flight, refusing to put on a mask,” The Hill reported.
Enad tweeted one other picture of a maskless Cruz ready to board the flight. It’s unclear which airport Cruz was flying to or from.
A Cruz spokesperson informed the publication that the lawmaker had taken off his mask to sip his espresso — however put it again on afterward. Cruz at all times wears a mask whereas touring and practices social distancing, the spokesperson insisted.
American Airlines — which requires all passengers to put on face masks on its flights — stated it reached out to Cruz anyway.
“As we do in all cases like these, we reviewed the small print of the matter, and whereas our coverage doesn’t apply whereas consuming or ingesting, we’ve reached out to Sen. Cruz to affirm the significance of this coverage as a part of our dedication to defending the well being and security of the touring public,” an American Airlines spokesperson stated.