American Airlines Emphasizes Mask Rules After Texas Senator Photo Emerges

FILE PHOTO: US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) asks a question during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Police Use of Force and Community Relations” at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC , USA, June 16, 2020. Tom Williams / Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Airlines (AAL.O) said Monday that he had contacted US Senator Ted Cruz after a photo of the Texas Republican without a mask aboard an airplane was posted on a social media site.

Cruz, who chairs the Senate Commerce and Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, is seen in the photo posted on Twitter holding a cup of coffee without wearing a mask aboard an airplane.

Fort Worth-based American, which requires all passengers to wear masks on board but allows them to remove them while eating or drinking, said in a statement that “he contacted Senator Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy as part of our commitment”. to protect the health and safety of the traveling public. ”

A Cruz spokeswoman, Lauren Aronson, said the senator “wears a mask when traveling and practices social distancing when possible. In accordance with airline policy, he temporarily removes the mask while eating or drinking.” He removed the drinking mask and put it back on later.

Cruz’s photo was released by an official from a Democratic party organization. Another social media account posted a photo of Cruz on a separate flight wearing a mask.

Reports by David Shepardson and Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Tom Brown

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